Midlothian, VA asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Virginia

Q: I am being required to have a test done by my employers preferred doctor. I have already sent letters of results from my

Own Physicians. They will not accept them. I have agreed to see their doctor and now they want me to sign a release of information. This is no problem for me except my appointment is in a month and they are pressuring me hard to sign papers now. What am I missing?

1 Lawyer Answer
Jerry Lutkenhaus
Jerry Lutkenhaus
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Under Virginia Workers Compensation law, you have the right to request a panel of 3 authorized physicians from the employer or its WC insurance company. Then you can pick your treating doctor from the panel. The employer/insurer also has the right to send you to an Independent Medical Exam (IME). An IME is with a defense doctor and is usually not treatment, just an opinion. You might have to sign a medical release.

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