How can I avoid light duty work after an IME doctor thinks I can do it. When I know it will be a struggle every day if I have to

Asked in Allentown, PA , on Jul 18, 2014

I have IME scheduled, what if the ime doctor says I can do light duty desk work and I disagree. My injury hurts especially in the morning getting out of bed and whenever I sit for periods of time, (plantar fasciitis). It basically hurts all day. I know the ime doctor will try to make me go back to work light duty. My doctor has me off work until further notice. I need advice on how to make this ime keep me away from light duty. I mean I’m limping when I walk but he will say I can sit all day. Any ideas would be great thanks

Answered on Jul 19, 2014

I tend to agree with the prior attorneys. The IME doctors are paid by the insurance companies, they release people that’s what they do. Every now and then you have exceptions though. One of my specific concerns for your case is – are you at the early stages of the claim and what diagnostics have been done. Early on you are often captive treating with WC doctors who are not ordering all the testing you need. Hate to say it, but it’s true. Depending on the mechanism of injury you might have some other nerve, muscle or tendon injury that is not being diagnosed. Dr. Barry Ruht is a foot doctor in the Valley who deals with that part of the body and has good experience with WC cases. You just want to be sure that you are being looked at the way you need to be.