Worker’s Compensation Medical Evaluation
A worker’s compensation medical evaluation is an examination performed by one of our medical professionals to resolve an injured worker’s medical condition. If you have an injured worker, our medical professionals will provide your employee with an in-depth assessment of the injury and ensure they can return to work. The Florida Senate defines an independent medical examination as “an objective evaluation of the injured employee’s medical condition, including, but not limited to, impairment or work status, performed by a physician or an expert medical advisor at the request of a party, a judge of compensation claims, or the department to assist in the resolution of a dispute arising under this chapter.”
The advantages of a medical evaluation include the following:
- Improves your employee’s eligibility for worker’s compensation benefits
- Resolves medical disputes between your employee and their insurance provider
- Validates their physician’s diagnosis and treatment recommendations
- An in-depth examination of the cause of their injury, their disability, their ability to work, and important medical treatments they may require
An impartial medical assessment in Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas can be relevant if there’s a disagreement over a worker’s compensation allegation. We’ll ensure that the physician, attorneys, employees, and insurance professionals comprehend the resolution we develop for your case. If your employee submits a worker’s compensation claim, their insurance company may ask them to get an independent medical examination. In Florida, both the injured worker and the insurance company can request a medical evaluation. Alternatively, if your employee’s doctor suggests a medical treatment that’s more extensive, such as surgery, and their insurance company disagrees then they may contact us to resolve the case.
If you have any questions, call our medical experts at (813) 925-1903 for advice on the worker’s compensation medical evaluation in Tampa, FL, and the sixteen locations throughout the area. We serve a wider population throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Prior to starting the medical examination, your employee’s medical records and any other documents such as injury statements are sent to us for evaluation. We’ll ask your employee several questions to learn about your injury and medical condition. Our medical professionals will observe your employee and look for abnormalities that may have been caused by the injury. A physical exam and tests to measure the employee’s range of motion and strength are executed. After the medical evaluation, we’ll provide a report that includes the resolutions to the questions sent by the insurance provider.
A few of the questions we may ask your employee include:
- Has your condition been adequately diagnosed?
- Did a work-related injury genuinely cause your current symptoms?
- Do you need supplementary medical treatments for your conditions?
- When are you able to return to work?
- Do you have a permanent disability?
If you’re an employer with an injured worker ready to get a comprehensive medical evaluation in Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas contact TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track today.
How can your employee prepare for a medical evaluation?
Preparing for the medical evaluation can improve your employee’s confidence when you speak with our medical professionals. There are several steps your employee can take including:
- Review your medical history
- Review the details of your workplace injury and how it occurred
- Analyze the ways you were injured and detect which areas of your body ache
- Explain how the pain of these injuries affects your daily activities
- Make a list of the medications you take related to your workplace injury
- Think about how these injuries prevent you from performing particular activities
What are the common types of claims filed?
The types of claims filed include job injuries, car accidents, and personal injury claims. Common workplace injuries include soreness and pain, sprains and strains, cuts, and illness. The severity of the injury varies and can be considered more severe if there’s an infection or if it prevents the employee from performing a task.
How can a medical evaluation impact your employee’s worker’s compensation case?
The results of your medical evaluation can have a significant impact on your employee’s case. It can determine whether your employee is eligible to be approved for benefits given to him or her by the insurance company. Our medical experts ensure to back up our diagnosis with facts and provide your employee with a comprehensive examination for the most objective resolutions.
What should your employee tell the doctor at the medical evaluation?
We encourage patients to discuss the facts with our medical experts. The common topics include:
- Your work-related injury
- Your illness history
- The symptoms of the injury
- How the injury affected your ability to perform tasks
- The areas of the body with the most pain and discomfort
- Medical treatment received for the injury
- Side effects of any medications you consume
Can the employee bring someone with them to the medical evaluation?
Yes. The employee can bring a family member with them to the medical evaluation. Some patients might need someone to take them home after the examination.