In Illinois, your employer and its insurance carrier have the right to assess your medical treatment for your workers’ compensation claim. One means of evaluating treatment is the Independent Medical Examination, or IME, conducted by a physician of their choice. The IME doctor examines you, often only one time, and produces a report that can seriously impact the value of your claim. How long does it take to get an IME report back?
Each IME Report Has Its Own Schedule
The frustrating answer is that there is no one answer. While many insurance companies will send a copy of an IME report to the injured party’s workers’ compensation attorney, they are not legally required to do so unless they are using the IME report as a basis for cutting off benefits. In fact, in cases where the report is more helpful to the claimant and less helpful to them, insurance companies have a tendency not to turn over a copy.
In the face of a delay, your attorney can subpoena the IME report from the IME doctor for the cost of only $25. The doctor will most likely comply, but there is no set timeline for him or her to do so. But despite all the opposition, you will probably get an IME report back, just not necessarily on your schedule.
How Can I Help My Workers’ Compensation Case?
While the answer to “How long does it take to get an IME report back?” can be frustrating, it does not mean that there is nothing you can do to help your workers’ compensation case. One of the best things you can do for your claim is to retain the services of a knowledgable attorney, like the Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers.
GWC is one of the premier Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury law firms in Illinois, with more than $2 billion recovered on behalf of our clients and offices throughout the state. GWC has the experience you need to help you get the justice you deserve.
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