What a Work Comp IME Means for You

When an insurance company sends you to an independent medical exam (IME) you must attend.

Under Illinois Law if you do not attend you will lose benefits and not be eligible for any settlement.

The IME doctor is hired by the insurance company.

The IME physician is not your doctor.

The IME doctor will not provide you any medical treatment.

The IME doctor may testify against you in your Work Comp case.

However, sometimes the IME doctor will rule in your favor.

This means that the insurance company will have to approve your treatment and pay your benefits.

Some tips to help you:

Be polite and nice to the IME doctor.

It may cause the doctor to provide a favorable opinion to you.

Make sure to take any medical records you may have or films of MRIs with you to the exam.

It does not hurt to be prepared.

Questions regarding your IME exam? Be sure to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May for a free meeting at 309-827-4371.

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Illinois law pays Workers’ Compensation benefits for workers who die on the job. There are some unusual parts of the law that deny benefits when there are no spouses or dependents. So make sure to check with an experienced Illinois Work Injury lawyer.

Understand the Value of Your Work Comp Settlement

There are two ways to make a mistake in settling your Workers’ Compensation case.

If you take an offer that is unfair, then you will end up with less than full value of your case.

Obviously this results in more money in the insurance company pockets and less money in your pockets.

You must also make sure that your medical bills are paid. If you do not do this, then you will end up paying for the bills yourself.

The other extreme is holding out for some unreasonable expectation of  a large settlement.

This is damaging also because it prolongs the process and you are upset in the end.

I have seen people who have rejected a reasonable settlement and gone to court only to be denied any award or awarded something much less than offered.

To protect against these two mistakes be sure to discuss your work injury case with an experienced Illinois Work Injury lawyer.

Some people are afraid they cannot afford a lawyer.

Fortunately in Illinois a work comp lawyer may only charge a 20 percent fee at the time your settlement is paid.

Questions regarding your work injury case and settlement? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Make Sure to Do the Right Thing to Help Your Work Injury Case

Help your work injury case immediately and immensely by following these simple tips.

Put the details of your injury in writing and give it to your supervisor and human resources department.

This includes how it happened, where it happened, when it happened, and all the injuries you suffered.

Make a copy of everything you give to the employer for your own records.

Go to the doctor right away.

This will insure that your treatment will not be delayed, and will prevent any claim that you were not seriously injured.

Tell the doctor what happened at the job and what injuries you suffered. It may be wise to give the doctor a copy of your work injury report also.

Follow up with all treatment recommendations.

Do not allow the insurance company to allege that you made your injuries worse by not following Doctors’ orders.

Give your employer copies of all your doctor’s off work slips.

This will make sure that you get timely payment of your benefits.

Questions about your Workers’ Compensation case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.