Q: Being denied a second opinion from a doctor of my choosing until I see an IME. Is this legal ?
A: This occurs all the time in workers comp cases. Whether or not it is "legal" is a complicated question. If you have an attorney make sure they have filed "issues" with the Commission so that a hearing is set up. It is very likely that even after the IME the second opinion is not authorized.
If you do not have an attorney now is a good time to consider it. Consultations are free and attorney fees are paid out of money that is recovered for you.
Please note that this is not legal advise and is for informational purposes. To have an attorney you must have a signed retainer agreement indicating that an attorney/client relationship exists.
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