If you are involved in some kind of claim against a current or former employer about compensation relating to an accident at work,or you are making a legal claim relating to a personal injury,you may have to undergo an independent medical exam. If you are unfamiliar with the concept,it can seem intimidating. Here,we will take a closer look at what to expect in an independent medical exam,and hopefully alleviate any anxiety you might be feeling about it.
First,it is important for you to know that an independent medical examination is used to establish the facts of the case when it comes to assessing whether your medical condition can be attributed to an incident at work. This is important in cases where liability is an issue. This will help to determine the type and amount of compensation which will be payable when the case is resolved.
This kind of situation can often cause apprehension. To combat the apprehension,it is important to have all details about previous medical conditions and injuries to hand. You also need to be able to provide concise and accurate details about the injuries and subsequent treatment you received following the incident in question.
During the exam,the physician conducting it should remain neutral and unbiased. Your employer should not be able to stipulate which physician you see for the exam. After the exam,the doctor who conducted it will complete a report on your capacity to work.
The important thing to remember when you are undergoing an independent medical exam is to be positive,honest and respectful at all times. You can prepare for the exam by discussing the incident and your subsequent illness or injury with a friend. An independent medical exam is not something to be feared,but you should never allow your employer to manipulate it for their own purposes.