What Is An Independent Medical Exam?


When applying for workers’ compensation, an employer’s insurance company may ask an injured worker to submit to an “independent” medical examination by an approved doctor. These exams are meant to diagnose the worker’s injury; determine the severity of the injury; and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

An IME-performing doctor cannot treat a disabled patient, as an IME merely serves to determine if an employee’s condition is work-related or if it was caused by a preexisting impairment.

If an injured worker has a disagreement with their insurer-approved doctor, they are allowed to seek a second opinion only once for the duration of their case. As indpendent medical examiner's are working for the insurance company of your employer, you should contact a worker's compensation attorney for tips on taking your 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.