California: Finally after waiting 4 months since the AME appt was scheduled and nearly 10 months after work injury the AME is in just a little over 2 weeks. Can anyone tell me what to expect at an AME? I am represented by an attorney, but I do not get much information from him. How long after the exam will there be a decision?
02-09-2010, 02:39 AM
(This post was last modified: 02-09-2010, 02:42 AM by 1171.)
depends on the issues and the opinion.
the report will take a while to write and get to both sides.
the legal system will require even more waiting.
you are not being sent to the AME by the IC law firm.
Use of an AME is entirely dependent on mutual agreement.
neither party is required or obligated to use an AME; it can only be done by choice.
it could take another 2 or 3 months to get the report issued.
the hope is that there will not be additional "dueling" medical opinions that could be tied up in court for far longer.
02-14-2010, 12:29 PM
(This post was last modified: 02-14-2010, 06:24 PM by 1171.)
they'll have to wait for the report to make any changes. when they get the report and the AME says you are permanent and stationary they will stop TTD and switch to PD advances. PD is paid at a lower rate.
yes, if your current condition was aggravated by your work duties then it is a work injury and they will have to pay benefits retro- actively.
yes, everything worker comp-wise hinges on the AME report.
sometime the report is ambiguous and they have to ask for supplemental information or clarification so not all decisions may made right away.
if it's not a work comp injury you may still have some SDI benefits available
yes. don't be afraid to ask. without information the waiting is even more difficult.