Scranton Pa. Work Injury Lawyers- Workers Compensation Medical Examinations

Date: September 6, 2012

If you are injured at work in Pennsylvania, your employer may request that you submit to a medical examination by a health care provider at any time after the injury. This is generally referred to as an independent medical examination (IME). The IME is distinguishable from the requirment under Pennsylvania law that an injured worker treat with a designated panel provider for the first 90 days post-injury. The IME examiner is chosen and paid by the employer. Generally speaking, the employer is limited to 2 IMEs in a twelve month period. An injured worker’s refusal to submit to an IME, without reasonable cause or excuse, may result in a suspension of wage loss benefits.


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Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.


Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.