In Idaho, Insurance Companies Pick An IME Doctor
A complaint our attorneys hear often is: “The insurance company picked the doctor. It’s not fair.” It is common knowledge that Idaho work comp insurance companies repeatedly use the same doctors to examine injured workers. Referred to by the insurance company as “independent medical evaluators” or IME doctors, these doctors consistently give opinions that result in denied claims and lost work comp benefits.
Idaho Law allows insurance companies to pick a doctor to examine an injured worker. Idaho Code 72-433 requires injured workers to submit to examination with a doctor selected by the insurance company or lose workers’ comp benefits.
It is understandable why injured employees find this process unfair. After all, the insurance company doctor often disagrees with the recommendations of an injured worker’s treating physician.
The consequences of an insurance medical examination (referred to as an “independent medical examination” or “IME” by the insurance company) can be catastrophic for injured workers. The insurance company often terminates the income benefits that the injured worker is relying on to survive. What is more, Idaho workers’ compensation insurance companies regularly terminate medical benefits following an IME. This leaves an injured worker without income and without hope that they can medically recover from a work injury.
This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling a System Where Insurers Call the Shots documents the struggles insurance medical evaluators create for Hawaii’s injured workers. The system the article documents are very similar to the predicament Idaho’s injured workers face as a result of insurance medical evaluations.
Can An Idaho Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help?
If you have been hurt at work and sent to an insurance medical evaluation, you probably don’t like what the insurance doctor had to say. Our attorneys work against the work comp insurance companies’ hired guns on a daily basis. Contact our work comp attorneys to see if we can help you.
It’s Not Just Idaho
As attorneys representing Idaho’s injured workers, we often hear about how unfair Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation system can be. Having handled countless workers compensation claims, our Idaho work comp attorneys have seen unreasonable denials and frustrating delays in workers’ compensation cases.
But, we’re not alone in Idaho. Injured workers in other states face many of the same obstacles encountered by workers’ compensation claimants in Idaho. Honolulu Civil Beat recently investigated the Hawaii workers’ comp system and reported:
“Hawaii’s workers’ comp system forces many injured workers with long-lasting or complex injuries to battle insurance companies and their hand-picked doctors to get treatment and disability payments.” (Read the rest of the article here)
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Doctors
The hand-pick doctors discussed in the article above are referred to as independent medical examiners, or IME doctors as the insurance adjusters like to call them, in Idaho. IME doctors generally give opinions that hurt the injured worker and help the insurance company’s bottom line. At Goiocoechea Law Offices, LLP, we are experienced at disputing insurance company doctors.
Has Your Idaho Workers’ Compensation Claim Been Denied?
Our attorneys have been battling workers’ compensation insurance companies in Idaho for decades. We handle cases against work comp insurance companies like the Idaho State Insurance Fund, Liberty Northwest Insurance, Workers Compensation Exchange, Associated Loggers Exchange, the Industrial Special Indemnity Fund, and more.
If you have been hurt at work and need help, contact our experienced work comp lawyers to help you navigate Idaho’s complex legal system. We represent injured workers from the date of the accident until your case is concluded. Contact Goicoechea Law Offices for help now.
Idaho Work Injuries and Opioid Use
Nationwide there is a discussion about prescribing opioids to treat work injuries. Significant work injuries often cause serious pain. Generally, knee injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, etc., that result in surgery also result in prescription medications. Chronic pain also commonly accompanies catastrophic work injuries and is treated with prescription pain killers.
Along with prescription medications come the risks of side effects, addiction, abuse, and overuse. The Idaho Industrial Commission and the Idaho Office of Drug Policy will be discussing opioids as they relate to work injuries on December 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. in Boise.
See the Idaho Industrial Commission flyer for more details.
If you have been hurt at work, contact our experienced attorneys for help at 208.743.2313.
Unfortunately, very few injured workers know what workers’ compensation benefits they should receive after an Idaho work accident.
You can talk to the insurance company or look on the internet, but finding answers specific to your work injury claim can be difficult. At Goicoechea Law Offices in Lewiston, we have represented thousands of injured workers in Idaho.
We have the answers to your Idaho workers’ compensation questions.
We offer a free initial consultation, so call, email, fill out the form on our website, or come in to get your work injury questions answered now.