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Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) And Workers’ Comp


When it comes to workers’ compensation cases in the state of Maryland, it is important for both employees and employers to understand the significance of Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs). These reviews of a worker’s injuries can lead to key data about the extent of the harm sustained, the relation to the workplace, and the subsequent impact on an employee’s ability to work.

To understand the significance of IMEs and discuss the process of resolving compensation communications after a Maryland work injury, connect with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer.

When Are IMEs Required?

Medical examinations by an independent expert could be requested if a workers’ compensation case would benefit from an unbiased and objective evaluation of an employee’s injuries. Unlike medical examinations conducted by treating physicians, IMEs are performed by neutral third-party medical professionals. These are healthcare workers who are not affiliated with the employee, employer, or insurance company.

The purpose of an IME is to provide an independent assessment of the employee’s medical condition. Ideally, the information provided assists in resolving disputes and ensuring a fair determination of benefits. IMEs are commonly used when there is a disagreement between a treating physician and the employer or insurance company regarding the nature and extent of the employee’s injuries. Additionally, IMEs may be requested to evaluate the necessity of ongoing medical treatment or the employee’s ability to return to work.

It is possible for the findings of IMEs to significantly influence the outcome of the case. For example, the information provided within a report could potentially affect the amount of compensation awarded to an injured worker. As an injured employee or the employer of a harmed worker, it is important to approach a situation involving outside medical reviews with a clear understanding of their importance and a strategic mindset.

Should I Prepare for an IME Appointment?

For employees who will be undergoing an independent examination, preparation is important. You need to be sure you have accurate and detailed information about the injury or illness ready, including symptoms and any treatments you have received. Be transparent. When you are forthcoming it helps to ensure an unbiased evaluation, one that accurately reflects the impact of the workplace injury.

There are steps employers can take when approaching the IME process as well. For instance, selecting reputable and impartial medical professionals to conduct the examinations enhances the credibility of the IME findings. Employers should also cooperate with the examination process and provide all relevant records and incident reports to facilitate a comprehensive evaluation.

It is normal to be nervous when going through a workers’ comp claim process, but a seasoned Baltimore personal injury lawyer can guide you through the process, including sharing details about the possibility of IME appointments with you. Being aware of any outside expert involvement is part of protecting your rights. Consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to have all of your questions answered.

Has someone suggested your workers’ comp case would benefit from an independent evaluation? Have a conversation with the attorneys at Iamele & Iamele, LLP to discuss strengthening your position. Contact us to book your fee-free appointment.

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