Usually, they compromise within the range of the reports. However, the IME usually tends to carry more weight because he is supposed to be Independent.
We offer general concepts, but you should give ALL your facts to a licensed Attorney in your state before you RELY upon any legal advice.
If you do not get an answer here from an Iowa atty then you need to talk to someone who does primarily workers compensation. You can probably find someone on this site or by checking with the dept of labor in your state to see if they have a referral list
I agree with both colleagues. Do not waste time. You need to hire a reputable Workers' Compensation attorney in Iowa. I suggest you search thru Avvo.
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