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Workers comp second opinion VS Independent Medical Evaluations (IME)

Second opinions or an opinion from a doctor of the injured workers choice is not forbidden under Maryland workers comp law.  Often times the injured worker is no satisfied with the physician they first started treating with and desire to seek a workers comp second opinion.  This is not illegal and is a somewhat common occurrence.  Doctors tend to have differing practice strategies and knowledge regarding the treatment options or diagnosis so a workers comp second opinion may infact help the injured worker recover quicker and more effectively.

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True Workers Comp second opinion vs the Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) second opinion

It is imperative to the injured workers’ case that they understand the distinction between a true workers comp second opinion and an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME).  Second opinions are performed by a doctor that is considering treating the patient and therefore a patient to physician relationship is formed.  With these workers comp second opinions the injured worker would choose a doctor they want to evaluate them and the insurance adjuster should not be involved in the selection process.  If the adjuster is invovled in the selection of a second opinion doctor than there may be some influential purpose behind their invovlement.  An IME of independent medical evaluation does not form anypatient to physician relationship and are performed by a doctor of the insurance companies choice.  These doctors are often carefully selected with the intent to save money and stop medical treatment. Ordinarily an IME is not in the best interest of the injured worker and if a workers comp second opinion doctor is suggested by the insurance adjuster the injured worker should continue with caution.

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If you are being denied the option to get a workers comp second opinion or think that you are being sent for an IME rather than a true workers comp second opinion consider a free consultation with Maryland workers compensation attorney Andrew M. Rodabaugh

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Do not feel obligated to go to a workers comp second opinion doctor on the insurers “list”

Under Maryland’s workers compensation laws the injured party may treat with a doctor of their choosing.  There is absolutely no obligation to treat with a doctor on the insurance companies list and the injured may seek a workers comp second opinion at anytime as long as it is reasonable.   Workers compensation insurers often tell the injured worker they have the choice to go and see a doctor on “their list”.  These doctors are chosen by the insurance company for reasons that can often be a disadvantage to the injured employee.  The reasoning is not exactly known as to why they put these doctors on “the list” but it could perhaps be because these physicians tend to treat in a manner that is conscientious to the insurance industry.  They may be less likely to order diagnostic tests or perhaps feel that some tests are not necessary for all injuries when in fact they may be beneficial.  This is not to say they are unqualified, in fact they are often very qualified doctors but treat according to a different theory of medical application.

Obligations regarding workers comp second opinions and Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)

The injured worker is obligated by law to attend an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) if one is scheduled by the insurance adjuster.  While these appointments are usually not in the best interest of the injured worker, Maryland law does entitle the insurance adjuster to a workers comp second opinion in the form of an IME.  Likewise, if the injured wants a workers comp second opinion they have the right to obtain one.

An injured worker must also consider what to do if the employer directs them to go to their clinic for a workers comp second opinion.  The clinic could be a number of facilities but are quite often the same among most Maryland employers and any qualified Maryland workers compensation attorney will be able to discuss in detail these clinics with the injured worker.  It is important to note that injured workers can not be forced to treat with a particular doctor and certainly not one carefully selected by the employer and their insurance company.  However, the employer may require, as a condition of employment, the injured worker see their physician.  Akin to having a pre-employment physical, or random drug tests, employers do often require the injured to be seen at a clinic of their choosing.  To be clear, if you are injured on the job you do not have to be seen by any doctor other than one you choose, and the workers comp second opinion IME, however if treatment or a physician appointment is required by your employer then refusing to do so may be grounds for termination.

The injured worker must verify that the physician they wish to treat with accepts Maryland Workers Compensation Insurance. 

 

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