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Category Archives: IME’S

Independent Medical Exams (IME)

Independent Medical Exams (IME) By Dennis Kurth, Attorney Snow, Carpio & Weekley Independent medical exams (IME) can be problematic for injured workers receiving workers’ compensation benefits.  Insurance carriers providing compensation and medical benefits have a right to an IME to assess a claimant’s condition from time to time under the statue and the rules.  They …

Independent Medical Examinations by Attorney Nick Wearne

Independent Medical Exams By Nick Wearne, Attorney In theworld of workers’ compensation law there are two types of medical care, active care, and supportive care.  In the months following a worker’s injury you will receive active care.  Active care is medical treatment designed to improve your medical condition.  In some cases an injured worker will …

What happens if I miss an IME set up by the insurance carrier?

What happens if I miss an IME set up by the insurance carrier? By Diana Robles, Associate Attorney Arizona law provides that the insurance carrier can periodically set up an independent medical examination (IME) for you, at a time and place reasonably convenient, by a doctor of its choosing, so long as they give you …

Tiebreaker IME’s in Arizona Workers Comp Cases

One issue that is frequently litigated in Arizona work injury claims is whether or not additional medical care is necessary or not and whether or not it is related to the industrial injury. Usually there is a treating doctor on the side of the applicant wanting to perform additional care and a defense medical expert …

Waddel’s Signs – Defense Doctors are the Real Fakers

One of the most common techniques that Defense IME doctors use to discredit injured workers is the use of “Waddell’s Signs“.  Doctors hired by the insurance carrier will say that an injured worker has positive Waddel’s signs to show that they are exaggerating their symptoms or outright faking their injuries.  The test is named after …