Independent Medical Examinations under the Defense Base Act
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 13, 2009
There is a provision under the Defense Base Act for Independent Medical Examinations as well as procedure to be followed.
907 Medical Services and Supplies scroll down to 907 e
In the event that medical questions are raised in any case, the Secretary shall have the power to cause the employee to be examined by a physician employed or selected by the Secretary and to obtain from such physician a report containing his estimate of the employee’s physical impairment and such other information as may be appropriate. Any party who is dissatisfied with such report may request a review or reexamination of the employee by one or more different physicians employed or selected by the Secretary. The Secretary shall order such review or reexamination unless he finds that it is clearly unwarranted. Such review or reexamination shall be completed within two weeks from the date ordered unless the Secretary finds that because of extraordinary circumstances a longer period is required. The Secretary shall have the power in his discretion to charge the cost of examination or review under this subsection to the employer, if he is a self-insurer, or to the insurance company which is carrying the risk, in appropriate cases, or to the special fund in section 944 of this title. These may be ordered by the Administrative Law Judge or the Secretary of the Department of Labor if they determine that one is needed to clarify an injured workers medical status.
When and if this situation arises it the ALJ or DoL (DD District Director) who chooses the doctor for the IME, not the defense lawyer or the insurance company.
When the defense lawyer and the insurance company bully you into seeing a doctor of their choice it is called aDME, Defense Medical Examination.
How many injured war zone contractors were bullied into seeing these insurance companies hired guns?
How many of you lost your case due to testimony by one of them ?
How much money has the taxpayer paid to reimburse these high dollar whores?
Why are the claimants lawyers going along with this?
Most of all, why has the Department of Labor bore witness to this in silence?