An independent medical examination (IME) is a medical evaluation performed on an injured worker by a doctor at the request of the employer/insurance company. It is done to show that a work-related injury no longer exists, that it has decreased in severity, or that the injury isn’t actually work-related.
It is probable that at some point an injured worker receiving workers compensation benefits will be asked to undergo an IME. Under Pennsylvania Workers Compensation Laws, if you are receiving benefits for a work-related injury your employer/insurer can request you to be examined by a doctor in an attempt to limit or eliminate those benefits. The employer/insurer is entitled to have the injured worker undergo an IME every 6 months.
If you are requested to attend an IME it is mandatory that you do so. If you do not attend, without reasonable cause or excuse, your benefits can be denied during the period of your refusal to attend and possibly forfeit your future benefits.