Sicklerville, NJ asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: Can the insurance company schedule an IME with a dr that is I’ve 90 minutes from my home?

It’s a PA claim. I live 10 minutes from Philadelphia.

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Glenn Neiman

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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Warminster, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: The scheduling of an IME is basically whatever a judge would find reasonable. Often, the judges give great latitude to the insurance companies on this, but every situation is different. This would vary depending on the type of injury, where you live and where they want you seen. Talk to an attorney certified as a specialist in workers' compensation law, whether my firm or another of the fine attorneys on this board. Good luck!

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Alexander Palutis

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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Yes, the insurance company can schedule this exam that far away from your home. They must, however, provide transportation to and from the IME. If this presents a hardship, you can request the insurance company schedule an IME closure to your home. But, in all likelihood, you should contact a Board Certified Pa Workers’ Compensation Attorney in your area for assistance in making such a request. There are many factors that need to be considered with the scheduling of an IME.

As such, a consult with an Attorney is recommended. Best of Luck.

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Peter N. Munsing

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  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If you have a lawyer review it with them; if not contact a member of the Pa. Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

90 minutes is approaching the boundary though it depends where you are--if there are a lot of doctors in your area, they have a weaker argument. Get a consult.

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