Workers' Compensation Evaluations
A Designated Doctor is appointed by the Division of Workers’ Compensation to recommend a resolution of a dispute as to the medical condition of an injured worker pertaining to issues such as:
- Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
- Determination of existence of permanent impairment (IR)
- Return to work status (RTW)
- Extent of injury (EOI)
- Evaluation of Medical Care (EMC)
- Any other medical questions regarding the injured workers medical condition
In order to serve as a Designated Doctor, a physician must be certified through the Division of Workers’ Comp and be appointed to the (ADL) Approved Doctors List and additionally certified to perform MMI and Impairment Rating Examinations.
Many times we are called upon to evaluate a case to give our medical/legal opinion on the extent of injury, a causation analysis, timeline as well as a professional opinion on whether a certain disputed injury may or may extend to include certain body areas. Attorneys that practice workers’ compensation will find our expertise helpful when representing an injured worker that faces disputes with the insurance carrier and/or their treating doctor.
Dr. Thompson is also able to properly perform FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS. These evaluations can objectively measure an injured worker’s ability to return to work and what capacity they are able or not able. It is often helpful to determine at what physical demand capacity a worker presently is and match that to the physical capacity requirement of a specific job. Pre-employment screenings can also be performed.
Dr. Thompson can act as your treating doctor as well, if you are covered under workers’ compensation and he knows the ins and outs of proper treatment, proper diagnostics as well as the Official Disability Guidelines.
If you’re an injured worker, an attorney or an adjustor requiring assistance with a workers’ comp issue, please give us a call!