I went to an IME appointment today and the doctor said I have reached MMI for my lumbar injury and he was going to do my impairment rating but he suggested that I have an mri done on my neck, because I've been having pain and numbness in my arm and shoulder. What happens to my workers comp case now and does that mean I will have to get an impairment rating for my neck and my shoulder separately or will they be combined?
It depends. Was this an IME set up by your attorney? If so, discuss this with your attorney. If this was an exam set up by the defendant/insurance carrier you really need to discuss this with an attorney to get the full details about where you are at in the claim like whether the defendant/insurance company is even accepting the neck and shoulder as part of the claim. Further, the report will go to the defendant/insurance company and not to you and the only information that matters will be what the doctor wrote in the report and not what the doctor tells you. IME doctor's tell our client's a lot of things in exams that they never put in the report/put something completely different in the report.
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