Plainview, NY — 12/21/2017 — If a worker has been seriously injured at work, that worker may need an independent medical exam (IME) to determine worker's compensation benefits. If an IME has been scheduled, here are five ways to prepare, according to Robert Golan, PC of Golan & Masiakos, LLP:
1. Talk to an attorney
A worker's compensation disability attorney is the most valuable asset when navigating a worker's compensation claim. A good lawyer can help use the independent medical exam to benefit the injured worker. For example, the attorney may advise the injured worker to focus on a particular aspect of the injury and how it impacts his/her quality of life or provide specific information about the examiner assigned to the worker's case.
2. Bring a witness
The attorney may ask the injured worker to bring a witness to the IME. A witness can be useful if there are concerns about the fairness of the exam. When bringing a witness to an IME, select a trusted friend or family member to come along to the appointment. Ask the witness to take notes on the details of the exam, such as what questions the doctor asked, what tests he/she performed, and other relevant details. The witness should not actively participate in the IME by answering questions or adding details to the statements. Choose a witness who will quietly observe the examination.
3. Write notes
When entering the examiner's office, the injured worker might have a long list of symptoms in mind, but explaining these symptoms on command and in detail is another matter. Organize the thoughts beforehand by writing out a list of symptoms from the injury, the activities that no longer can be performed because of the injury, a list of activities that make the injury worse, and any treatments or medications that have been provided by other medical professionals.
4. Arrive early
Most medical examiners request that paperwork be completed before the appointment. Arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to keep the examination on schedule and make a good first impression.
5. Be honest
Although it is important that the examiner understands the full effects of the injury, don't exaggerate the symptoms during the IME. Be completely honest about the extent of the injury. If the treatment is improving the symptoms, inform the examiner.
Following these five tips can make an independent medical exam be less stressful and make sure that the injured worker gets the proper compensation for the work injury and assure that the injured worker can regain his/her health.
About Robert Golan, PC
For over 15 years, Robert Golan, PC has represented injured workers in their workers compensation cases.
We serve the following areas of New York:
– Nassau County
– Long Island
– Suffolk County
If you had a work-related accident and want to see if you have a case, contact Long Island workers compensation attorney, Robert Golan, PC. Mr. Golan gives his clients personal and professional service.
Robert Golan, PC serves as a Long Island social security disability attorney and workers compensation attorney, serving Long Island, Nassau, Queens, and Suffolk County, New York.
We believe your accident and injuries are important. Robert Golan, PC is dedicated to providing you with excellent service. Contact us at 516-586-3910 to discuss your case.
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