Am I Entitled to More than One Independent Medical Exam if I have Multiple Work Injuries?

Under Georgia's workers' compensation law, your employer gets to direct where you get medical care if your employer provides you with a valid "posted panel of physicians." Not surprisingly, posted panel doctors sometimes bring a pro-employer bias to their treatment of you. I regularly see – and you have no doubt heard stories about – cases in which a seriously injured man or woman is given a regular duty return to work, only to end up in surgery a few weeks later.

In 1990, the Georgia legislature gave injured workers an important new right, the "claimant's IME (independent medical exam). Under this law, an injured worker can request an independent medical examination with a doctor of his choosing, paid for by the employer's insurance company.

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