Agreed or Qualified medical evaluators are physicians who have been qualified by the DWC, or Divison of Workers’ Compensation – Medical Unit. They are selected to provide examinations of workers injured on the job to determine their level of disability and produce medical-legal reports. These reports are then used to determine an injured worker’s eligibility for worker’s compensation benefits. Dr. Esfahane is a Qualified medical evaluator visiting the patients at Up Clinics.
Preparing For Your Qualified Medical Examination
If you’ve experienced an injury at your workplace and are in the midst of a workers’ compensation claim, you’ll be instructed to see a QME by your insurance adjuster or your lawyer In some cases, you’ll be sent to an AME instead, which is simply a QME that both your insurance company and attorney have agreed Upon. During your visit, you will be examined, and your medical records went over to determine how severe your work-related injury is. The degree of any disability will be determined, as well as any ongoing medical-care that may be necessary. The following are some steps you can take to prepare for the evaluation:
- Produce a list of your injuries and their severity ahead of time. The examination itself can be stressful, and you don’t want to forget any important facts or concerns.
- Bring the list of your providers’ names, addresses, and phone numbers. Bring your current medications with you. List of all employers and addresses that you have worked in the last 20 years.
- A specific body-part by body-part list and any changes you’ve noticed in their function or sensation since the injury. Include range of motion concerns, pain, and its cause, including movement.
- A rated scale of the pain in these body parts rated from 1 to 10, with 10 representing severe pain. Include separate ratings for pain that only appears during certain times or activities.
- A meticulously detailed timeline of what occurred between the date of injury and your appointment with the QME.
This list does two things for you. The first is to ensure that you have all the relevant data to help make the most of your case and guarantee all your concerns are addressed. The other is to show that you’re serious about your injury, receiving treatment, and recovering from it so you can return to work. This perception can play an important role in how your case is received.
What To Expect During Your QME Visit
During your visit, you can expect that Dr. Esfahane is going to be as professional and unbiased as possible. They’ll ask questions about your experiences, including the date of the injury and events since that date. They may ask personal questions that delve into specific details, including how your everyday life has been affected. Be sure to be specific about the activities you participate in and to what degree. An example would be that if you can pick up a child while experiencing some pain, it is better to indicate this than saying that you cannot pick up the child. If you have any other questions about the day of your appointment, reach out to our clinic.