I received a letter for a QME evaluation and I’m still being treated for a crushed foot. Then the next week I received a Notice of Hearing for a Status Conference. My attorney said it was to discuss with the insurance wether to have a AME evaluation. Like I said I’m still healing. I was cleared for restricted light duty; but there’s no light duty in my line of work. These evaluations seem rushed since I’m not healed %100. Then which would be in my best interested?
Any AME or QME reports wouldn’t necessarily be final determinations for your health. They are meant to be unbiased doctors to provide their opinion on their case. They can recommend further treatment or come to conclusions about your claim. Since they are unbiased doctors recommended by the court, insurance companies may take them more seriously than your own doctors reports. These doctors can help your case, so be honest and tell them everything you need to regarding your injuries.
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Often, the initial QME or AME report will not be a final report. There may be a need for further treatment prior to the doctor issuing what is known as permanent and Stationary Report. You should go over the report with your attorney and ask that they explain the findings in detail. It is possible that the Status Conference was agreed to by the attorneys to discuss whether or not the use of an Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME) would be more beneficial and efficient. This depends on various factors and should also be discussed with your attorney.
Do we know who the QME doctor is? No...but your lawyer does. Do we know who they are discussing as the AME? No...but your lawyer does. Do we know what issue they want evaluated? No....but your lawyer does. Do we know who the judge at the hearing will be? No....but your lawyer does. Why not talk to your lawyer about this because he's going to have a lot ore answers than we will. That's why you hired him!
I find success best obtained when client trusts, defers and cooperates with their attorney. This is absent in your relationship if you seek answers in this forum instead. The question is why? Responses here cannot be as good as those with full knowledge of facts pertaining to your claim and each attorney has different approaches for strategic reasons.
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