A reader asks:
My doctor says I need back surgery and it is related to my job injury. I went to an "Independent" medical examination and not only did this hack say that I didn’t have an accident, but he also says I can work full duty and need no further treatment. How can he say I didn’t have an accident when I was working with hundreds of pounds of raw materials? My doctor is a respected orthopedic surgeon. Will the insurance company get away with this because their doctor is a crook?
The situation described is not un-common. Your employer or their insurance company has a right to send you to a doctor of their choosing. If they disagree with your doctor then we go to trial. That’s one way we earn our money.
We can’t guarantee who the Arbitrator is going to agree with, but all things being equal, treating surgeons who have seen you multiple times are given much more credibility than a one time visit doctor who maybe spent 10 minutes with you. The Arbitrators know who the hired guns are and who gives an honest opinion. If you testify credibly about how you got hurt and there are no other problems in your case like surveillance or intervening injuries, things will probably go fine.
If they get an IME we just have to go through the process. It can be frustrating to hear that, but that is why you get a good attorney in the first place.
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