If you file a Workers' Compensation claim, you may be asked to submit to an independent medical examination. Independent medical exams (IME) are often requested when there is a dispute or question about your benefits. A doctor who provides IMEs is certified to examine a patient and determine the extent of impairment caused by a workplace injury or work related illness.
What to Expect for an IME:
We will ask you a series of questions about your medical history, the nature of your job, the circumstances of your workplace injury, your symptoms and treatment to date, and your ability to return to work. We will ask about your state of health before your workplace injury occurred.
We will then conduct a physical examination, starting with a general health checkup. We test your blood pressure, listen to your heart and lungs, and examine your mouth, ears, nose and eyes. We then focus on your specific injury. For example, if you have an injured shoulder, we will test your range of motion by manipulating your shoulder. If you have a back injury, we may ask you to lift something so we can see how your injury affects your ability to work.