Q: FCE or IME needs to be done now before settlement talks can take place. Why now??
I injured my back at work a year ago. I have completed therapy, 4 spinal injection shots and a work hardening program. During this time I was receiving my weekly worker's comp checks. After 9 months of going through this my dr. ordered an FCE to be done but my job's workers comp insurance refused to pay for it. They said it wasn't necessary! So my dr. has release me back to work with permanent restrictions. For the past 4 months my job has just been "accommodating me" basically they found something for me to do! Now its settlement talks with my employer's attorney and was told I may have to undergo the FCE or see their IME again. By the way their IME reports went in my favor not theirs and why am I being forced to do the FCE now when initially I was told by my job's insurance company it wasn't necessary. Is my employer's attorney stalling because it could be a decent pay out???? Or is this protocol in worker's comp cases?????I want this to end positively in my favor!! I have an atty.
A: You are paying an attorney who knows all of the details of your claim, a great deal of money. Why would you seek an online opinion when you already paid for the privilege of getting an informed opinion? Ask YOUR attorney. HE has all of the information necessary to give you an informed answer.
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