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  1. #1
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    Default What Happens After First IME Exam?

    I just had my first IME exam yesterday. Traveled 2.5 hours sat in the waiting room 1.5 hours and saw the Dr for about 9 minutes. My doc requested surgery, IME doc says no surgery, more conventional treatment. I have been off work for 7 months with a spinal injury. What happens next?? I am so in the dark about all of this??? Any suggestions will be helpful. All in all the IME was well....just OK. The Dr was decent but right to the point, I felt like I was being watched the whole time, maybe just paranoia???? HELP me understand the process a little better, Why did they want an IME exam? What happens now?? ANYTHING is appreciated. THANKS

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    Smile Re: What Happens After First IME Exam?

    Hi Harley,

    That's just a typical ime, rember the dr. works for the i/c and they really only want to do conventional treatment (lowest possible cost) like put a bandaid on a amputated finger. Now it's time for your lawyer to earn his commision, he will probably follow up with a petition of review and a judge will look at both sides of the drs reports and decide which one is correct in their assessments. Have you had any treatment at all? If so and it hasn't helped then that is in your favor, because that is considered conventional treatment (epidural shots, pt, pain management etc.).

    Get in touch with your lawyer and have him file a petition of review (I know Tim it is probably something more professional sounding). Did you bring someone with you like we said? Hope so because you where being observed the moment if not before you got into the building on how you walked and moved till who no's when, but just ignore them as long as you are doing what you can do rember you have no problems

    Take care,
    Nipper

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    Default Re: What Happens After First IME Exam?

    HEY NIPPER!! well, it's been almost a month since my first IME and I just talked to my attorney, he says they can take all of the time they need to do a report??? I thought they only had 15 days??? anyway, I have not heard a thing and I guess I shouldn't be complaining but, it just sucks to be in the dark and not see whats coming at me you know? Any advice/ideas about what is going to happen or what to expect? let me know.. Hope all is well with you.
    Quote Quoting nipper123 View Post
    Hi Harley,

    That's just a typical ime, rember the dr. works for the i/c and they really only want to do conventional treatment (lowest possible cost) like put a bandaid on a amputated finger. Now it's time for your lawyer to earn his commision, he will probably follow up with a petition of review and a judge will look at both sides of the drs reports and decide which one is correct in their assessments. Have you had any treatment at all? If so and it hasn't helped then that is in your favor, because that is considered conventional treatment (epidural shots, pt, pain management etc.).

    Get in touch with your lawyer and have him file a petition of review (I know Tim it is probably something more professional sounding). Did you bring someone with you like we said? Hope so because you where being observed the moment if not before you got into the building on how you walked and moved till who no's when, but just ignore them as long as you are doing what you can do rember you have no problems

    Take care,
    Nipper

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    Default Re: What Happens After First IME Exam?

    The next step in the process depends on what the IME's findings are.

    If the IME generally agrees with your PTP or specialist then there is not too much resistance with the IC.

    But, if the IME report opposes your PTP diagnosis, then the IC will try to deny your treatment/care and will file a hearing to dispute findings.

    The law judge will make a determination based on both reports as to which one has the most bearing on your condition.

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