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When injured at work, request to be seen by a doctor of Occupational medicine
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Occupational medicine, or “occ-med,” is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries associated with work. Its principal role is the provision of health advice to organizations and individuals to ensure that the highest standards of health and safety at work can be achieved and maintained. Occupational physicians must have a wide knowledge of clinical medicine and be competent in a number of important areas. In today’s workplace, occupational disorders are more likely to be insidious and may elude easy diagnosis by a primary care physician. In the last 100 years, over 100,000 different chemicals with undefined human health risks were introduced into industrial trades, and health hazards clearly remain.

Kind of speaks for it's self...
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#2
My opinions are only mine. But this post does speak out loud to you as an injured worker. It is also my opinion, that I would wish to have an IME from a Doctor of Occupational medicine.
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#3
I agree with you BB if more IW were seen by Occ Med Docs there would be less problems.. for the injured and WC..................
 
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#4
I would have loved to have the doctor that saw me at OccMed for my IME. Fortunately that doctor's report from OccMed is in my favor in my claim... don't know if it will do any good... he was angry for the way I was being treated by my employer.
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
 
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Nauticalgurl1, I seem to placed myself on a new mission for while. Education for injured workers. I find IME visit need to pertain to the part of the body that is injured. In saying this, I then say you have every right in the world to know, if your being sent to an IME that is trained in the field of your injury. If not, then you have the right to request one that is.

It's my opinion, that I am leaning into sending out some letters, demanding all IME doctor's need to obtain a Medical License stating they have been fully trained in proper protocol to perform IME's.

I have heard of people trying to sue IME doctor's lately, because of false reporting. I recently read an article from NY, where an IME needs to be Licensed and that doctor had their License revolked. So, as I have been reading these days, it does seem people are taking a stand on proper protocol of IME's.
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Yeah...I noticed...you've been busy today. Thanks for the info by the way. I tried checking on my IME doctor. Works for "a quality disability specialist" is all I could find out. Do not know what his speciality is?
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
 
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#7
BB,

I totally agree. In my case my Occ. Med doctor is the one that did my IME and gave me a 32% rating. I was then sent to the IC doctor for a IME which was a hand surgeon that specializes in sports medicine and guess who the hearing labor board believe is more credible?? The Hand surgeon!!!!

My Occ. Med doctor is licensed to do the AMA guidelines and the hand surgeon does not preform or had anything on his 20 page credentials that said he is licensed to do IME exams. How on earth did the labor board find him more credible is what i wonder. How does the IC get away with something like that? It boggles my mind.
carpal tunnel recurrence/ neuropathy / RSD.
1/29/07 injury date. Permanent. PIR settlement 8/4/08 10%
 
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Sparkey, from what I learned so far, I think it is NY that has required IME doctor's to be trained and Licensed to perfom IME. Im not certain that would also pertain to your State of NH. I will try to dig something up on that for you.

Your post shows a great example to others here, how someone can go to an IME, and didn't contest the facts of the doctor's credentials in quaility to perform a IME to the injury area.

This is falling back into the knowledge base of information we leave out when we are told to go to a IME Visit. We should know these things before going to an IME, and if the Doctor doesn't specialize in the area of injury, then I say contest it, and ask to be seen by a doctor that does. Remember injured workers have rights, and just because one is injured, doesn't mean we are dumb by any means.
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#9
Another good issue;

Be a good leader at work, ask your employer to send all injured workers to Occupational physicians, in your area. Many times a simply request with Occupational physicians can be set-up, and put into place. This way the employer, the employee, and their Work Comp Insurance can all play a major part in seeing all injured workers got proper treatment at time of injury. My employer that I use to work with, had also set this up. The medical slips were also supplied by the office of the Occupational physicians. It's more of a one stop and shop deal. Most supply medical treatment and PT all in the same office building. Plus the fact these Occupational physicians will review such work place, to get a better understanding of the type work going on. It's major plus, also has a better return to work program that can be set in place with the help of these doctor's working with the employer and employee's.
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With all the paperwork that I submitted at my hearing, it did say that my doctor that preformed the IME was a Occ. Med. doctor. So the labor board knew that. The lawyer at the end of my hearing handed the labor board the credential booklet of the hand surgeon which I read after the case and NOWHERE did it say he was licensed for AMA guidelines for doing IME exams. Only that he lectured sports medicine, trained fellows etc. So it was written in plain english that my doctor should of been more credible, but was found he was not. I still have time to appeal it, but wonder how long it would take to talk to a lawyer about my case and go forward with an appeal.

I work full time and have had to take off at least one day a week for my PM procedures of my injections, office appointments, jury duty etc. I have missed alot of time and feel if i contact a lawyer now, how much time would I miss from work to sit and go over my case. Also now that I won my 10% , can the lawyer be entitled to any of that? I went to the hearing on my own and won that verdict. I am still waiting on the check to be sent to me. I received a notice from the labor board that the 10% is accepted and still no check. When I went to the hearing, it was being held till the end of the case. I got the decision on Aug. 1st. Are they holding it in the bank collecting interest and waiting till the 30 days are up?
carpal tunnel recurrence/ neuropathy / RSD.
1/29/07 injury date. Permanent. PIR settlement 8/4/08 10%
 
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