What is an “Independent Medical Evaluation”?
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer/insurance company is entitled to have the injured worker examined by an I.M.E. doctor of their choosing every six months at a reasonable time and place. The doctor’s fees and your travel expenses are paid by the workers’ compensation insurance company. As part of the exam, the I.M.E. doctor will review your medical records.
A medical history will be taken by the doctor or his nurse/assistant, followed by a brief exam. The defense hired doctor can recommend testing or procedures that are necessary, involve no more than a minimal risk, and are not unreasonably intrusive. You can request to have a friend or relative accompany you. You cannot record or videotape the exam without the consent of the doctor. Keep in mind that if you do not attend an IME, the insurance company can file a petition to stop your benefits until you do attend. There are certain things you should and should not do during this examination (link: http://www.pa-workers-comp-lawyers.com/tip-of-the-day-what-to-do-for-an-ime-surveillance-and-social-media-sites) The workers’ compensation insurance carrier must pay travel expenses, including mileage at the rate of $0.55 per mile, for you to attend the IME.
If you have questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits, it is important that you have an experienced Harrisburg workers’ compensation attorney on your side. Call Calhoon & Associates at 877-291-9675, for more information.
An employee who suffers a work injury is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance and you are entitled to prompt payment of medical bills related to the work injury, along with compensation for loss of income and/or loss of use of hearing, vision, and most extremities. An injured worker is entitled to these benefits regardless of who is at fault for the injury and regardless of any pre-existing condition. A Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney at calhoon & associates can help determine if you are entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits or receiving inadequate benefits by the workers’ compensation insurance company or employer. Call calhoon & associates at (877) 291-9675 for a FREE, confidential and prompt consultation with one of our attorneys with a proven track record of success. To order your free Book “Seven Deadly Sins That Can Destroy Your Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Case”, go to www.workinjuryinpa.com and fill out the complimentary free book request or you can order it through Amazon.com.
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