Independent Medical Evaluations

If you have been injured on the job, you need to protect your rights to workers’ compensation benefits. While required to have coverage if they have three or more employees, employers, and their insurers, strive to minimize compensation.

Since 1992, Skibiel Law has fought to maximize compensation for Decatur and Jonesboro residents unable to work because of a job-related injury or illness. Our attorneys have 29 years of combines experience defending the rights of our clients to workers’ compensation benefits.

When Employers Request Independent Medical Evaluations (IME)

One of the more common strategies used by insurance carriers and employers is to request an independent medical evaluation (IME). Under Georgia law, they can require a worker injured on the job to undergo such an examination under reasonable circumstances.

Their doctors tend to favor the employers who have various motivations for setting up an IME. First, they want to know if the injury is truly work related. Second, they want an independent doctor’s opinion on a certain type of treatment being reasonable and necessary for the injured worker. Third, independent medical evaluations are used to attach your doctor’s opinion on disability.

The Challenges We Fight To Overcome In Employee IME Requests

Conversely and often in response to the employer’s IME request, injured workers can request a second opinion and submit to an IME with a doctor of their choosing. The request must be made within 120 days of the last receipt of their benefits.

With a mandated deadline, time is of the essence in scheduling an employee-requested IME. Disputes can arise on the definition of the requirement and whether it involves the request for an appointment or completion of the examination. In some situations, a doctor’s schedule will not allow for an IME within that time, but the employer and its insurer were notified of the request within 120 days.

Handling your workers’ compensation request on your own ignores the complexities of the process and your rights. Contact Skibiel Law.

Contact A Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Call us locally at 770-968-3445 or toll-free at 877-874-6650 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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Mark was very knowledgeable and kept me informed with my case. He wasn’t intimidated with the large law firm. I know for a fact that without his expertise and diligent work ethic my settlement wouldn’t have reached the amount it did. He worked far beyond what I expected, meeting with the company doctor, therapist, and insurance representatives. HAVE A TALK WITH HIM ITS FREE!!!!!
-Royce – Fayetteville, Georgia – Work Injury

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Mark takes the time to get to know you as a person, not just as a case. He’s an attorney you can trust to keep you informed on every aspect of the case. I received all info about the case as soon as he did, and Mark carefully answered every question that I asked. I would recommend Mark to anyone who is in need of an honest attorney.

– Derry – Riverdale, Georgia – Work Injury

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When my adjuster refused to pay for lost wages and for prescriptions, I felt the need to hire an attorney. After a brief consultation, I hired Mark. Within days, I saw results in my case. Everything that happened in my case went exactly as he told me it would happen in our initial consultation. When we went to the hearing, it seemed very one-sided and we won “hands down.” From start to finish, my case lasted less than nine months. My lost wages were recovered, and a sizeable settlement as well. Kudos Mark.

– Ronald – Stockbridge, Georgia – Work Injury

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Mark explained, in detail, how the law would apply to my case and assured me it would take some time for me to accomplish my goal. During my case Mark and his staff kept my wife and me informed and updated. Every time my wife or I called Mark’s office we were able to get a response from either him or his staff. When we settled my case, it was more than I ever expected. Mark and his staff were professional in handling my claim. My experience with Mark and his office was wonderful!

– Timmy A.
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