Being hurt on the job can lead to a number of issues that could potentially ruin your life. Depending on the severity of the injury, you might be forced out of work for a long time. These lost wages coupled with mounting medical costs might be too much for many people to handle. Getting the workers’ compensation you deserve is also likely to become an uphill battle, and if your company requires that you undergo an independent medical exam (“IME”), it might just be time to get a workers’ comp attorney on your side.
The lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates have seen many similar workers’ comp cases, and we want to make sure that your company pays out if you get hurt on the job. First, you need to know what exactly you’re up against.
What Does IME Mean?
An IME is an independent medical exam conducted by a doctor usually trained in workers’ compensation cases. Typically, you can expect a thorough interview regarding your past and present medical records, as well as questions about the nature of your job and any other extra hobbies you might have. An IME doctor will also sit down with you for an onsite evaluation of your injury.
How Can an IME Affect You?
The results of your IME will go a long way in determining just how much compensation you may be owed. The doctor will specifically look at where you are in your recovery process and how much better you can be expected to get. This evaluation is then used to calculate the amount of workers’ comp benefits to which you are entitled. The idea is that a worker diagnosed with a minor injury will be due a lot less than, for example, someone who has suffered a traumatic injury that will keep them out for months.
What Can a Workers’ Comp Attorney Do?
Not all employees who are hurt on the job are required to undergo an IME—though if your employer’s insurance company sends you for one, this usually means that they are looking for ways to give you less money back on your workers’ compensation claims. It is therefore a very good idea to get a workers’ comp attorney on board before you go in for that first IME appointment. At the very least, a skilled attorney can counsel you through what to tell the doctor or even assist in scheduling a second and less biased IME.
Learn More about the IME and Workers’ Comp Process
Finding yourself hurt on the job is likely the last place any of us want to be. Accidents do happen though, and if you suffer one, you need to know what to do to guarantee that you are getting the compensation you deserve.
In our years of service in the Nashville area, we have seen it all at Mitch Grissim & Associates, and we can guide you through the IME process while safeguarding a substantial workers’ comp bonus, depending on the case. To learn more about how we can help you, reach out to one of our representatives today!