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Independent Medical Exam

I just had an independent medical exam for worker's comp. a few weeks ago and have not yet heard about the results. The dr. did a very thorough exam that last about an hour. He said that I needed surgery at least on my C5-C7 and if he was the surgeon he would make the fusion up to to C4 and down to T1. He stated over and over how bad my neck was and that i had nerve damage, muscle atrophy and hand weakness. I am not sure if that is common practice for an IME dr. because they do not treat the patient and most likely on the side of the workers comp. company. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with the doctors saying the patient needs surgery and then reporting something totally different to the workers comp company. I had a witness and the exam so hopefully that will help negate any problems. I just wish they would hurry and approve my surgery, so that I can get back to working and living life. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to listen.


  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 603
    I had an independent medical exam also. I got injured at work & after my 90 days were up, I was allowed to see my own doctors. My surgeon determined I had herniated c4/5 & he recommended a fusion. I had a second opinion & same recommendation. Work comp wanted me to go to an independent medical exam. Well, that doctor agreed with my surgeon. 9 months later, After fusion surgery, i was still having worse symptoms, so my surgeon took more X-rays & determined that my neck didn't fuse, so he once again recommended more fusion surgery. Once again, work comp sent me for an IME, and once again, that doctor agreed with my surgeon. I was very nervous going to those exams. My attorney advised me to be very nice & answer all their questions truthfully. It was a relief when they agreed with my surgeons. I don't recall having to wait very long for work comp to approve my surgery? I hope you get answers soon!
  • I have to agree itsautonomic it sounded as if he agreed with everything my surgeon had suggested, but I have heard many horror stories and it worries me. I have to say that I was nervous for the exam also. Even though I know my pain and what symptoms I have dealt with for the last 6 months since injuring myself it still made me nervous. I am sorry that you had to have a second surgery because of a failed fusion, but at least workers comp worked with you and approved the surgery. It has been over a week now, but the doctor was out of his office last week so as soon as I hear something I will update. As I said before thank you all for taking the time to listen and respond
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