Preparing for an Independent Medical Exam
Were you asked to submit to an independent medical exam after suffering a work-related injury? For many injured workers, this is a foreign experience. With our help, you can go into the doctor’s office prepared for what you may face. Here are some essential tips to help you when it is time for the independent medical exam.
Bring Someone with You and Take Notes
Bringing a second pair of eyes to your independent medical exam can provide a crucial benefit. Your acquaintance becomes a witness who can give credence to your side of the summary of the visit. While you are there, you should take detailed notes. Be sure to mark:
- Your time of arrival
- The amount of time you waited
- The length of the interaction between the doctor and yourself
- What time you leave
Having this information makes it more difficult for the other party’s attorney to claim that you were not paying attention, which would work in their favor.
Answer Questions Honestly
If the doctor asks you questions make sure to answer them honestly. Do not, however, offer information that is not asked for. Even if it seems as if the doctor is working for the defense attorney or insurance company, you should always be courteous and cooperative. Having a bad attitude may make it easier to damage your case.
A Milwaukee worker’s compensation attorney with Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf can be your legal ally throughout the claims and examination process. We have over 65 years of experience representing the injured worker and will fight to ensure that your rights are protected at each turn. Contact us today at 414-257-2667 for a free case evaluation.
You have a claim if you suffered a loss because of a job-related injury. This means that to get worker’s compensation, you have to show three things: