SECOND MEDICAL OPINION
Your employer (or their insurance company) may also set up
appointments with doctors that they have selected. In most
cases, these appointments will be only examinations and the
doctor will not provide you with any actual medical
treatment. It's important that you attend these appointments
because your employer may obtain approval from the Workers'
Compensation Court to suspend your benefits if you don't go.
This is one of the few areas in which Court approval is
required prior to the suspension of a claimant's benefits.
Your employer is not allowed to require you to be examined
by more than one doctor in each medical specialty without
your consent. You should consult with an attorney before
agreeing to an examination with a second doctor of the same
As we discuss in another section,
surveillance by a private investigator hired by the
Workers Compensation insurance company is most likely to
happen on days when you have been scheduled for a Second
Medical Opinion. That's because the Workers Compensation
insurance company knows you will need to come out of your
house, get into and out of a vehicle, and maybe even walk
across a parking lot or climb some stairs, on those days.
Next: Independent Medical Examination IME