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Don’t Let New York Workers Comp IME Doctors Downplay Your Job Injury or Illness
Hard-working New Yorkers often don’t complain about pain or injuries, especially those caused by workplace accidents. But doctors, workers comp insurance companies, the Workers Compensation Board and Administrative Judges can only go by what you tell them. After a job-related injury, you may be sent for an “Independent Medical Exam” or IME, which becomes core documentation for your entire workers comp case. Unfortunately, many IME physicians are paid by insurance companies and will therefore diminish worker injuries. They know this will allow the workers compensation insurance adjuster to pressure you into accepting a “low-ball” workers compensation benefits settlement, thus saving the company money. Don’t let them minimize your job-related injuries—tell them exactly what occurred, all your symptoms and make sure they record all of them in your medical file. Otherwise, your workers comp claim may be denied.
When You Hire Us, Workers Compensation Doctors Will Finally Take You Seriously
The New York Times recently reported that independent medical examiners are “often anything but independent, since they are picked and paid directly by insurance companies.” That means the “IME” doctor is working for your employer’s insurance company—not for you. At Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP, we’re on your side. We will fight as hard as we can to make sure that any IME doctors, orthopedic surgeons, vocational therapists or behavioral therapists you see will fully understand your workplace injury.
Call us today toll-free at (800) 692-3717 to talk about your job injury. We help clients from Staten Island, Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens to Westchester, Rockland, the Bronx and Manhattan.