IME's (Independent Medical Exams)
I was referred to an IME, after my doctor told me that I needed another surgery. This is a Workman's Comp case.
What has been your experiences with IME's? I do not believe in this tactic at all by insurance companies. Because all this doctor did was meet me for 25-30 min., took notes, looked at my knee and moved it around a bit, told me to walk across the room and then took measurements. His findings are what bugs me the most. After looking at an MRI, he does not believe I need further treatment. To basically, do home exercises and "live with the pain". I don't even think he is knowledgeable in knee surgery. Workman's Comp just sends me to some unknown doctor that doesn't even live in my State and I'm supposed to take his word over the word of my doctor and the radiologist?! So Workman's Comp is basically wiping their hands of it now. But I went back to my doctor and got his opinion on what is the best option. And he said I need surgery now before it gets worse when I'm older. If Workman's Comp denies this surgery, I told them that I will have to seek counsel. No word from Workman's Comp yet. But in your experience, do they eventually give in and say ok on the surgery? How long should I give them to decide yes or no? It's been 2 days now, on pain meds until I get the green light. I'm not looking to get money, I just want my knee fixed. Bottom line, it's not fixed yet, this is still related to my accident and then having to go through multiple surgeries and I'm still in pain. I want it taken care of. Any info that you can give me on this would be a huge help. Thanks.