independent medical exams are important for your workers compensation case

The Role of Independent Medical Examinations in Workers Compensation Cases

Lisa Babiarz News, Personal Injury & Workers Compensation

In workers’ compensation cases, independent medical examinations (IMEs) play a crucial role in determining the extent of an employee’s injury or illness, their ability to work, and the need for future medical treatments[1]. IMEs are typically requested by the employer’s insurance company and are conducted by a doctor chosen by the insurance company. The purpose of an IME is to provide an unbiased medical opinion regarding the employee’s condition and its relation to their job. Worker’s compensation lawyers serving Geneva, Auburn, Ithaca, and Penn Yan, New York, play an important part in guiding employees through this process to insure that the employee’s rights are protected.

Importance of IMEs in Workers Compensation Cases

  1. Determining the Cause and Extent of Injury: An IME helps establish the cause of the employee’s injury or illness and assess its severity. The doctor conducting the examination evaluates the medical records, performs a physical examination, and may order additional tests or consultations if necessary. This information is crucial in determining the employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.


  1. Assessing Disability and Ability to Work: The IME report includes an evaluation of the employee’s disability and their ability to perform their job duties. This assessment helps determine the extent of wage replacement benefits the employee may be entitled to receive.


  1. Future Medical Treatments: The IME report may also provide insights into the need for future medical treatments or procedures that may be required to treat the employee’s condition. This information helps in determining the appropriate compensation for ongoing medical expenses.

Worker’s Compensation Lawyers and IMEs

Worker’s compensation lawyers serving Geneva, Auburn, Ithaca, and Penn Yan, New York, play a crucial role in guiding employees through the IME process and protecting their rights[1]. The lawyers at Littman & Babiarz have expertise in workers’ compensation law and can provide valuable assistance in the following ways:

  1. Legal Advice and Representation: Worker’s compensation lawyers can help employees understand their legal obligations and rights before undergoing an IME. They can provide advice on how to prepare for the examination and what to expect during the process. If necessary, they can also represent the employee’s interests during the IME.


  1. Ensuring Fairness and Objectivity: Worker’s compensation lawyers can help ensure that the IME is conducted fairly and objectively. They can review the doctor’s qualifications and background to ensure they are qualified to provide an unbiased opinion. If there are concerns about the objectivity of the IME, the lawyer can take appropriate legal action to address the issue.


  1. Appealing IME Results: In some cases, the results of an IME may be unfavorable to the employee. Worker’s compensation lawyers can help employees appeal the decision and present additional evidence to support their claim. They can navigate the complex legal process and advocate for the employee’s rights.