How to Prepare for a Worker’s Compensation Independent Medical Exam

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If you’ve been seriously injured at work, you may need an independent medical exam (IME) to determine your worker’s compensation benefits. If you have an IME coming up, don’t worry. Here are five ways to prepare:

Talk to your attorney

Your Queens worker’s compensation disability attorney is the most valuable asset you have in navigating your worker’s comp claim. Your lawyer can help you use your independent medical exam to your advantage. He may advise you to emphasize a particular aspect of your injury or give you tips concerning your specific examiner.

Bring a witness

Your attorney may ask you to bring a witness to your IME. A witness can be useful if you have concerns about the fairness of the exam. If you decide to bring a witness, ask a trusted friend or family member to come along to the appointment. You may ask the witness to take notes on the details of the exam, such as what questions the doctor asked, what tests she performed, and other relevant details. Your witness should not actively participate in the IME by answering questions for you or adding details to your statements. Choose a witness who will quietly observe the examination.

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Write notes

You may have a long list of symptoms in your mind when you enter the examiner’s office, but explaining these symptoms on command and in detail is another matter. Organize your thoughts beforehand by writing out a list of symptoms from your injury, activities you can no longer do because of the injury, activities that make your injury worse, and any treatments or medications you’ve been given.

Arrive early

Your medical examiner will likely ask you to fill out paperwork before your appointment. Arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to keep the examination on schedule and make a good first impression.

Be honest

Though you want to make sure the examiner understands the full effects of your injury, don’t exaggerate your symptoms during the IME. Be completely honest about the extent of your injury. If your treatment is improving your symptoms or if you have days of lessened pain, inform the examiner.

Call a Workman’s Compensation Attorney in Long Island Today

Robert Golan has 20 years of experience as a work accident compensation lawyer in Queens. If you’ve been injured at work, call us at (516) 586-3910 or contact us online for your free case evaluation.

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