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The role of impartial medical exams in workers’ comp cases

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Getting injured or sick due to work is an unfortunate incident that causes pain, stress, suffering and lost wages. Through the workers’ compensation system in Rhode Island, employees with work-related injuries or illnesses may receive benefits.

An impartial medical examination (IME) is among the key aspects of the workers’ compensation process. Also known as an independent medical examination, an IME can determine compensation. If you are pursuing compensation for a work-related injury or illness, how can an IME affect your case?

An impartial assessment

An IME is an impartial assessment of the employee’s medical condition. It should mention the extent of their injuries or severity of their illnesses as well as their ability to work. Additionally, only a doctor who has not been involved in the employee’s treatment can perform an IME.

Purpose of an IME

Moreover, an IME may settle a disagreement between the employee and their employer or insurance company about the nature or extent of the injuries or illnesses. Also, an IME can confirm whether the employee has reached maximum medical improvement. This can be a basis for deciding on the amount of benefits.

The IME process

During an IME, the doctor must review the employee’s medical records and may also perform a physical examination. In addition, the doctor should detail their findings and opinions in a report.

Impacts of IME results

Furthermore, the results of an IME can impact a workers’ compensation case. They can affect the amount of benefits, duration of those benefits and whether the employee can get benefits at all.

Seeking compensation and healing

Knowing the IME process can help employees deal with the workers’ compensation system as they continue to struggle with their injuries or illnesses. With legal support, you may protect your rights and interests as you strive to seek compensation for your healing and recovery.