When you are injured in a workplace accident and are unable to return to work temporarily, you have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, when receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you will also undergo a medical examination where your disability is assessed.
If the doctor performing this medical examination determines that you are fit to work, you will be expected to return to your job, and your workers’ compensation benefits will cease. If a doctor released you back to work before you are ready, you should seek a workers’ compensation attorney to advocate on your behalf.
What is an Independent Medical Examination?
While you may be able to choose your health care provider to treat a workplace injury, often, you are only able to receive health care from a provider that is approved by your employer if your company is paying for it. Throughout the course of receiving your workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to periodically attend Independent Medical Examinations.
An Independent Medical Examination, or IME, refers to an examination by a doctor that is chosen by the insurance company. It should also be noted that your employer handles paying for the test. Sadly, an IME doctor is often compelled to side with the insurance company, releasing a patient back to work before he or she is ready to save the insurance company money.
Your Options for Fighting an IME Decision
Fighting an IME decision can be tough to do. It is tremendously important that you save all documents related to the IME and the final IME decision – these documents may be necessary later on when fighting the determination that you should go back to work.
If your IME doctor has released you back to work before you are ready, you should call an attorney. An attorney can help you to obtain the opinion of another medical professional, and if, if the other medical professional does not believe that you are ready to return to work, appeal the decision to the workers’ compensation board.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
You don’t have to return to work if you are still suffering from a disability or pain. Instead, you should call the workers’ compensation attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC, LLC. It should be possible to prove that you’re not ready to go back to work and that you should continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more, call now at 215-642-2335.