QUALIFIED MEDICAL EVALUATOR (QME) SELECTION FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IN SAN DIEGO
Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs) are medical providers certified by the Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit used to examine an injured worker and provide a report regarding any disputed workers’ compensation benefits issues. When it comes to workers’ compensation claims and workers’ compensation cases, picking the right Qualified Medical Evaluator is of the utmost importance. This is not a decision just anyone is qualified to make, and that is why the workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Office of Matthew Russell can assist people in San Diego with this essential decision.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PICKING A QME
Following a workers’ compensation claim, if your treating doctor gives you a permanent disability rating or if there are any objections to the treating doctor’s findings, a different doctor – either a QME or an Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME) – may perform an exam to provide their own opinion regarding disputed issues you or the insurance carrier/administrator have with the treating doctor’s report. In the event an examination by a QME is necessary, the state will generate a list of three QMEs in your area (QME panel) based on the medical specialty of the physician requested. As an unrepresented worker, you would select one physician from this list and make an appointment for your exam. Visit our QME frequently asked questions page to learn more about what a QME is and why you need one.
QME SELECTION ASSISTANCE FROM The Law Office of Matthew Russell
At The Law Office of Matthew Russell, we can help you navigate the QME process and advise you as to your options. Our lawyers may be able to help you choose the most favorable QME panel or even have the original panel you have requested thrown out so a new list of physicians will be issued. Obtaining an attorney also affords you the opportunity to attend an AME where the parties choose which doctor to evaluate you instead of leaving things to chance with a random panel issued by the state. Call us at (619) 544-1506 for a free consultation with a professional attorney today.
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