As part of the workers’ compensation claims process, you’re going to be asked to undergo an independent medical evaluation. Here, your employer’s insurance company will identify a neutral medical provider for you to see in order for them to gain another perspective on the extent of your injuries and how they impact your ability to work.
It’s an important evaluation, and without it, you’ll be denied the benefits that you want and need. But how do you prepare for this evaluation?
Tips for preparing for your independent medical evaluation
You shouldn’t walk into your independent medical evaluation unprepared. Instead, you should do each of the following:
- Be prepared to thoroughly discuss your medical history. Keep in mind that the doctor is going to be analyzing if any of your existing symptoms are attributable to medical conditions that pre-dated your workplace accident. So, be 100% honest and clear about your medical history.
- Avoid exaggerating or downplaying your symptoms, as doing either could lead to a denied or a severely diminished claim.
- Act in accordance with your injuries so that the doctor doesn’t misconstrue your behavior.
- Arrive to your appointment early.
- Be polite.
- Don’t argue with the doctor.
- Indicate that your goal is to reclaim your health and return to work.
- Give realistic indications of your pain levels.
- Be ready to discuss your workplace accident and how it led to your injuries.
Preparation is key here, so take the time you need to ensure that you’re adequately readied for your interactions with this medial provider.
Don’t let an innocent mistake derail your workers’ compensation case
You need the workers’ compensation benefits that you seek. You don’t want to be denied them because you made a simple mistake along the way. That’s why it’s a good idea to educate yourself as much as you can about the workers’ compensation process and what you can do to position yourself for success.