3 Tips for a Successful Independent Medical Examination (IME)
For an injured employee, every step of the worker’s compensation process presents its own challenge. In order to give yourself the best possible chance at winning your case, it’s important to follow all instructions, and to hire a qualified worker’s compensation attorney in Sherman Oaks. Because the outcome of your case weighs heavily on medical information, your healthcare choices carry a lot of weight.
In the state of California, workers who are injured and who file a worker’s comp claim, are required to undergo what is known as an IME, or independent medical examination. This appointment is typically set with a healthcare provider that your employer or their insurance company approves of. Many people are nervous about their IMEs, and it’s okay if you are too. Here are a few tips to keep in mind, to make the most out of this exam:
- Look the part
When you’re hurt, it’s important that your actions and appearance are consistent with those injuries. For example, if you have a broken hand, don’t wear a button-down shirt or clothes with intricate laces. Generally speaking, dress comfortably in a way that doesn’t restrict your movement or place pressure on your injury. Also, if you were prescribed any kind of supportive devices, like canes or protective eyewear, make sure you wear/bring those too.
- Understand your medical history
Don’t get tripped up by medical questions about your history, medications, previous injuries or surgeries, and other inquiries. If you’re not sure, take the time to look over past medical records before your IME. Be sure that your story is consistent, and you can account for all of your medications, surgical scars, and any diagnoses that you have. Also, be able to talk in detail about the incident that caused your injury, and give the doctor plenty of information to make an accurate assessment.
- Bring someone you trust
In most cases, you are allowed to bring along a companion to your IME, and it might be a good idea to do so. Your companion, whether they are your spouse, child, friend, or other individual, can provide another set of eyes and ears, and act as a sort of witness to the exam process. They may also act as a mobility assistant, and help keep you calm, in case of nerves.
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