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Birmingham Work Injury Attorney Told to see IME Physician

Birmingham Work Injury Attorney Told to see IME Physician

Birmingham Work Injury Attorney Told to see IME Physician: Not long ago I was looking over a 2004 study performed by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (click here for the synopsis). According to this survey, in which IME (independent Medical Examination) doctors were allowed to remain anonymous, 53 percent of the respondents admitted that they had an active bias against workers compensation claimants. I imagine the real number is actually higher.

Unfortunately, things have not changed much with regards to IMEs since this 2004 study was conducted in Oregon. Fortunately, unlike Oregon, in Alabama, you generally do NOT have to go to an independent medical examination.

If you have suffered a serious injury and are receiving costly treatment from your treating physician, chances are that at some point you will be contacted by workers comp and told that you have to see another doctor (called an independent medical examination or IME). It is not because the doctor caring for you has done anything wrong, but because comp doesn't like paying the medical bills associated with your treatment. So, do you have to see this new IME physician?

Generally, NO
. The law in Alabama is clear, the workers compensation insurance carrier "shall pay" for any and all reasonably necessary medical treatment. They don't have to like it, but they do have to pay for it. Having stated this, there is a situation in which you may have to submit to an independent medical examination if it is ordered by the Court. Alabama law allows either party to request an IME of the court-or the court may order one on its own initiative-if a dispute arises as to the injury itself of the extent of disability you have suffered as a result of said job injury. While I have requested such an examination several times for my clients, I have only had such a Motion filed by the defendant once in the last 23 years, so it is not something which occurs often; and, it can only be done after suit has been filed. This means that the workers compensation insurance carrier cannot force you to see an IME doctor. If you have been informed by the workers compensation insurance carrier that they want you to see another doctor, don't simply acquiesce as chances are good you are being set up for a denial of recommended medical treatment.

If you were hurt at work and have questions about your right to Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to call and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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