In 2013, California initiated a new law requiring the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to resolve disputes surrounding the medical treatment of injured employees through a process called Independent Medical Review (IMR).
Although the IMR process was implemented to make the resolution of disputes more efficient and cost-effective, it has proven to be complicated and confusing for injured workers. At a time when an injured individual faces physical, financial, and emotional stresses, the thought of handling the legal process can be overwhelming.
The attorneys in Los Angeles at the Mitchell Law Corporation are familiar with the stresses injured individuals face and can offer a helping hand through this difficult time. We are familiar with the IMR process and can help victims navigate the complex workers’ compensation system. For many years in California, we have successfully represented injured workers. Our experienced lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients’ damages.
When an injured employee initially files a workers’ compensation claim, the DWC receives a request for medical treatment. The DWC must review the request before approving it. If the request for care is not deemed medically necessary, the DWC may delay, deny or modify a treating physician’s request for medical treatment.
If you were injured at work and were notified that your request for medical care was denied, delayed or modified, you can ask for an IMR. By law, your employer must pay for an IMR. However, if your request for an IMR is met with resistance, do not wait to contact an aggressive independent medical review lawyer in San Diego at the Mitchell Law Corporation. We understand the IMR process can be daunting, but you do not have to go through the process alone. Upon hiring us, we will handle every aspect of your case – from filing paperwork to negotiation talks with employers and the DWC.