Dr. Alpert treats many patients with work-related or personal injury issues, and is also certified to perform Independent Medical Examinations.
An independent medical examination (IME) occurs when a doctor/physical therapist/chiropractor/psychologist/neuropsychologist who has not previously been involved in a person’s care examines an individual. There is no doctor/therapist-patient relationship.
IMEs may be conducted to determine the cause, extent and medical treatment of an injury where liability is at issue; whether an individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment; and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment. An IME may be conducted at the behest of an employer, an insurance carrier, or on behalf of the injured worker/plaintiff. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers, auto insurance carriers, and self-insured employers have a legal right to this request. Should the doctor/therapist performing the IME conclude that a patient’s medical condition is not related to a compensable event, the insurer may deny the claim and refuse payment.
Independent medical examiners are impartial physicians who may provide forensic medical reviews, independent medical exams, or impartial examinations, allowing them to evaluate the extent of injuries, disability, or physical impairment for insurance carriers and defense counsel.
Serving as expert witnesses and forensic consultants, independent medical examiners may provide expert reports regarding injuries, impairments, and disabilities.
Every state has different laws when it comes to Worker’s Compensation and no-fault claims and every insurance company works differently.