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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions IME doctor

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: Can I be forced to see the IME doctor? 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?

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, and Alabama's workers compensation statute does not allow the workers compensation insurance carrier to show doctors until they find one whose opinion they like.

If you have been told that your treating physician's recommended treatment is not going to be authorized until you see another doctor they want you to see, don't go as all workers comp is doing is trying to find another doctor who will be more favorable to their desires.

If you or a loved one suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and talk with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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