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Can You Really Trust an Independent Medical Examiner?

If you have been injured on the job, you are likely facing the possibility to partake in an independent medical examination. The outcome of this exam is a vital aspect of your workers’ compensation case, which is why it is important you prepare for it as best as possible to ensure you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. For injured workers, it is not always easy to request workers’ compensation benefits--in fact, you may even face a number of retaliatory consequences.

It is quite a common practice for an insurance company to ask you to undergo an independent medical examination by a doctor of their own choosing. The purpose of this exam is to ensure you truly are injured enough to warrant any financial support. This medical evaluation will include questions about your medical condition, treatment, degree of impairment, and health history.

While the examination is meant to be objective, the independent medical examiner may not be fully trustworthy, as he or she is appointed by the insurance company who wants to pay you as little money as possible. Because the examiner is essentially an employee of the insurance company, he or she more likely to downplay your injuries, minimizing your workers’ compensation payment as a result.

In order to prevent being defrauded out of the compensation you deserve, it is essential you enlist in the help of a lawyer who can walk you through this process with ease. We will advise you of the necessary questions to ask your IME, as well as which documents to request copies of, depending on the specifics of your case. In doing so, you will diminish the chances of your case being belittled or dismissed.

Contact Our Reno Lawyers Today

Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. is comprised of experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable Reno lawyers who have one goal in mind: delivering their clients the most beneficial and successful results possible. If you have been injured on the job and may need to partake in an independent medical examination, don’t face this important time without our legal support and counsel.

To schedule an initial consultation with someone from our firm, feel free to contact us by calling (775) 227-2280.

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