Just because you got a letter in the mail telling you to get an independent medical examination (IME), doesn’t mean you have to do it. D.C. workers’ compensation attorney Frank Kearney discusses the problems with these so-called “independent” examinations.

He starts off with explaining that there is nothing independent about examinations. In fact, Frank refers to them as insurance medical examinations.

Notorious doctors, who do nothing but see patients for insurance companies and large employers, are often the ones who conduct independent medical examinations. If you see one of these physicians, he or she will probably only spend minutes with you before writing up a short, one-page report. The report will likely say that there is nothing wrong with you, you can go back to work, or the condition didn’t happen on the job.

There are no treatment benefits to independent medical examinations. They are used solely to limit your rights.

If you have been injured in a work accident in D.C. or Maryland, contact a D.C. workers’ compensation attorney at Donahoe Kearney, LLP today.  We may be able to help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Give us a call today at (202) 393-3320.

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