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  • uneasy about vocational interview and ime

    i had a vocational interview in july and herd nothing till today and was wondering because the letter said that they had talked to my employer and said that they had a light duty job for me. i dont have a problem with that but i am a truck driver and one of my work restrictions is no climbing ladders and to get into the truck is almost the same as climbing a ladder if not harder and i know that i cant do it. and the letter said that they were contacting the ime to get his opinion on the light duty job can the ime change the restrictions without seeing me again? i do every thing the work comp people want me to do with no questions i even went back to work on light duty in the office for a couple of weeks and my employer said not to come in because there is no more work i could do and told me and the work comp ins to start full payment again. just starting to get worried and dont know what to think.

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    Typically the restriction on ladder climbing means just that. Not that you have to avoid all stairs and level changes, but vertical ladders are a problem. Absolutely the IME doctor (or even your doctor) can clarify what they meant by the restrictions listed or revise their opinion of what is called for without you physically going in to see them again. Most often they render their opinions based on other medical records, scans, AMA guides and their professional experience with similar injuries in the past. None of which require you to be in the room a second time.
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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    • #3
      thank you it is a semi truck and it is straight up just like a ladder do you think i should see what my own doc has to say about it?

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      • #4
        You can but your employer doesn't have to follow your doctor's guidance. I'd wait and see what the IME comes back with.
        I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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        • #5
          I agree, I would wait, and see what the IME says, if he says do it, then talk to your doctor. It is my imression that for every IME appointment you go to, you can also go to a different doctor, with a referral from yours, for a second opinion. Example, your doc says don't climb latters, then the IME doc says youcan. You can have your doctor fight the IME's findings, and if that does not work, he can refer you to say, a back specialist, if it is your back that is hurt, and if the back specialist says you can't, it is two doctors against the IME, and chances are, but not promised, that the workers comp will side with both of the doctors. The reason this is, is because if two doctors, especially a specialist, states that it can hurt you, and it does, a lawyer would jump all over that in a second claim. I do agree though, that you should wait and see what the IME doc says, you may be worrying about nothing. I have also seen someone released to do something, and when it starts to hurt the patient, the doc takes them off of work, and workers comp likes to see a patient at least try before they say they can't do it. I only say this because my friend had a back injury, and the IME doc said he could go back to work, when he did, about half way into the day, he did something he should not have done, and he ended up in the doctors office, and the doc had to put him back on meds, and pull him off of work. Good luck to you!!

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          • #6
            thank both of you very much. and it is my knee that is hurt

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            • #7
              Originally posted by leftguard View Post
              thank both of you very much. and it is my knee that is hurt
              Sorry that was just an example. Good luck to you.

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              • #8
                Leftguard, I have responded to your post via PM. Please feel free to PM if you have any questions concerning my response.
                Last edited by BnThrDnTht; 08-18-2007, 02:23 AM.

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