When I go to my ime, upon entering waiting room if given to me should I be filling out anything, the last time I went, I filled out medical release only, it was not any questionare , or pain history etc., do I need to fill out anything upon entering the ime doctors office, can I just get there, and if asked to fill out anything, can I just respond, I'm not comfortable signing anything, oh , and this would be the second time I am seeing this ime doctor, the first time was before my surgery, and he gave me a favorable report, I don't want to rock he boatLet me elaborate, the first visit to this ime doctor, was a medical release sig only, I thought I am ot obligated to full out pain threshold, or info like that in writing tothis doctor because, he's not my doctor, please I need info from lawyers that practice in NY workers comp law , I just need to be informed. You know thinking about this, he's not my doctor, I am there to be examined by him, I'm not filling anything out like if I was to be seeing him like my doctor Thank you to all
Dear Madam or Sir in the Bronx:
Firstly, please note the workers' compensation law is not the same outside of New York.
It is likely the IME will give you a form to fill out to state how the accident happened, your complaints and medical history.
However, I'd handle it as you suggested; I'm not comfortable, etc.
While you should not lie to the IME, make sure to express your physical complaints. Otherwise, he may truthfully write in the report, "patient had no complaints".
The foregoing is based on the little information provided; additional facts may change the comments given.
If you were a Federal Employee and sustained an injury on the job and the OWCP selected the same IME physician to resolve a second conflict, there may have been a reversable error. You should contact a local attorney who knows the FECA and the case law.
You are obligated to provide your medical history. You say that you provided this information before your surgery so the information has already been disclosed. Completing this form will simply provide something for the work comp carrier to compare to the first form you filled out. The information disclosed at this time should be entirely consistent with the information disclosed earlier with the obvious exception of your symptomatology which is hopefully better, post surgery. If you do not have an attorney, I guarantee that you will shortchange yourself. Good luck.
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You need to consult with a local worker’s comp. attorney because I never let my Wisconsin clients fill out any paperwork at their IME’s. If you don’t have to fill anything out they can’t use it against you later on.
DISCLAIMER: David J. McCormick is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and this answer is being provided for informational purposes only because the laws of your jurisdiction may differ. This answer based on general legal principles and is not intended for the purpose of providing specific legal advice or opinions. Under no circumstances does this answer constitute the establishment of an attorney-client relationship.
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