How to Handle a North Carolina Workers Comp IME Appointment
Have you recently been diagnosed with a work-related injury? If so, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits provided by your employer.
However, insurance companies are rarely willing to provide the benefits their claimants deserve, and they will often request the injured worker to submit to an independent medical exam (IME) before their claim can be approved. If you’ve been asked to schedule an IME appointment, read on to learn more about what to expect during yours.
What You Can Expect from the Physician
Although you might be thinking that the IME was scheduled to establish how severe your condition is, it’s important to remember that the exam will be conducted by a physician hired by the insurance company. Their goal is often to minimize the extent of your injuries so that they can reasonably deny your claim for the financial support you deserve.
Fortunately, if the results of your IME are far different from the results provided by your own physician and your claim is denied due to the results of the IME, we can appeal your denial with the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Establishing Your Need for Work Comp
With this information in mind, during your appointment you may be tempted to over-embellish the extent of your injuries or your work capabilities in the hopes that doing so will increase the likelihood of your approval.
You should never exaggerate how serious your work injuries are, though, as the physician will more than likely be able to immediately tell that you are attempting to make your condition seem more severe than it is, which will ultimately hurt the outcome of your case and your ability to collect the benefits you need to move forward with your life.
Contact a North Carolina Workers Comp Lawyer
For assistance in preparing for your workers comp IME, get in touch with a North Carolina workers compensation lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A. We proudly provide injury victims across the state with free consultations, where we can further examine the circumstances of your accident and resulting injuries. Take advantage of this opportunity today by calling our office at 252-752-7785 or by filling out the online contact form below.