Can I challenge an IME?

Asked in Philadelphia, PA , on Jul 29, 2021

I am a nurse on a Covid recovery unit I injured my knee preventing a bariatric patient from falling at work 7/20/2020. MRI showed meniscus tears. I had sx for this on 12/192020. My knee continues to be painful and freezes. Surgeon recommendation KR bc space has diminished. The day after preop testing for sx Aug 5. I received letter (to the day coincidently) July 20, 2021. According to IME knee sx not from work injury. Can you help me? Thank you. Nurse

Answered on Jul 30, 2021

You can challenge the IME and file a claim petition to establish that the condition is work related. You probably also want to think about the doctor you are with. Sometimes people stay with the panel providers who write the notes in a way that undermine acceptance of an injury. The WC insurers are often unwilling to accept a claim until a doctor testifies.