When the Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier schedules you to go see their doctor, they are probably trying to reduce your benefit or cut off your medical treatment. In New York State Workers’ Compensation cases, the scheduling of an independent medical examination, also known as an IME, should be a red flag to the injured worker. The doctor that will be examining you will be paid by the insurance carrier and is hardly “independent”.
You are required to go to these examinations and if you fail to appear your benefits may be suspended. Usually, the insurance carrier’s doctor will issue a report documenting a minor disability or no disability at all. The insurance carrier will then use this information to reduce or suspend your benefits all together. IMEs can also be ordered when there is a question as to whether you need ongoing medical care or even surgery.
If you receive a notice to go to an IME and reside in the Capital District area of New York State, we would be happy to talk to you about the specific facts in your case and explain your rights and responsibilities to you. Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.