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Your Doctor vs. the Insurance Company Doctor

New York City Workers' Compensation Claim Lawyers

If you have been injured at work, you have the right to be treated by your own doctor. However, the insurance company also has the right to have its own doctor review your condition in an independent medical examination (IME). Not surprisingly, the opinions of insurance company doctors frequently differ from those of the victim's doctor.

In the past, if your doctor said that you were 70% disabled and the insurance company's doctor said that you were only 40% disabled, there would be a hearing to settle the matter. Currently, hearings are rare. How is a decision made without a hearing? That is the challenge.

Is It Fair to Split the Difference?

Hearings are being phased out because the workers' compensation system is growing ever closer to becoming automated. Except in the rare instance that a hearing is held, cases in which the opinions of the treating doctor and the insurance company doctor differ can be reviewed and decided by clerks at the Workers' Compensation Board.

What is the next logical step? It is not too dramatic to think that, in the near future, numbers may simply be entered into a computer that spits out the decision. Unfortunately, the realities of your injury and your situation may become lost in the process.

At the Robert A. Koenigsberg Law Offices, our attorneys have 20 years of experience doing what is right for workplace injury victims. Against all odds, you can be confident that we will do everything possible to get you the workers' comp benefits you need. Please call our office at 646-480-1625 today or contact us online to speak with us about your doctor vs. the insurance company doctor.

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