Problems With Independent Medical Exams

If you are involved in a worker's compensation case, you may be requested by the insurance company to undergo an Independent Medical Exam. Unfortunately, an “independent” doctor may have a financial incentive to diminish the legitimacy of an employee’s claim.

An “independent” doctor may downplay the severity of a worker’s condition, claiming it is unrelated to work or is the result of a preexisting injury that has been re-aggravated. In other cases, a doctor may accuse a patient of fabricating the circumstances surrounding their injury or even lying about the ailment.

In instances where a patient is diagnosed with a work-related injury, they may be wrongfully cleared to return to their job, eliminating their chances of receiving workers compensation benefits. These are just a small sample of the traps you can face in an Independent Medical Exam.

Do you still have unanswered questions regarding an independent medical exam in Alaska? Contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer at the Law Office of Ben Crittenden for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options and find out our estimate of the value of your case.