Protecting Your Interests During An Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)
You may believe that your workers’ compensation case is cut and dry. However, there are still steps that you need to follow before you can receive the benefits that you deserve. Missing a step, like failing to attend your independent medical evalution, can put your benefits at risk.
Our attorneys at Berg & Berg are equipped to help you at any stage of the workers’ compensation process. Since 1991, injured workers throughout Chicago have turned to us during their time of need. We are here to give you the skilled representation you need to secure your workers’ compensation benefits.
What Is An IME?
In a workers’ compensation case, the insurance company has the right to send you to a doctor of its own choice for an independent medical evaluation, or IME. When you hire us and we find out about your IME, we will notify you about it. Please remember that you must go to the IME. If you fail to attend, the insurance company may legally stop paying your medical costs and your TTD.
Oftentimes, the insurance company uses this doctor’s opinion to justify discontinuing further medical treatment and ordering you back to work. For instance, the doctor who does the IME may say that your injuries are not work-related or that they are not as severe as your treating doctor claims they are.
This is when it is most important for you to have an attorney to fight on your behalf for the medical treatment and other benefits you deserve. As your advocate, we challenge the assessment provided in the IME and work with your treating doctor to build a strong claim for you. We will not stop until we obtain the best results possible for your situation.
Get A Skilled Ally In Your Corner
We are ready to use our knowledge to level the playing field. If you believe that your insurer’s doctor did not accurately evaluate your injuries, contact us. We will review your paperwork and begin developing a strategy.