WHAT IS A QME?
A QME is a "Qualified Medical Evaluator" who is a doctor licensed by the state to perform examinations for workers' compensation cases.
A QME is sent medical records, letters from the parties, and do an examination of the injured worker. The QME writes a report based on all that information.
The parties - insurance company, defense attorney, applicant attorneys - use that report and the judge can rely on that report to calculate the permanent disability, future medical treatment, etc. of the injured worker.
It is VERY important that you do not miss a QME appointment if one is scheduled for you. There may be consequences, such as loss of benefits if you do not show up.
There are also AME - Agreed Medical Evaluators. This is when both parties - applicant attorney and defense attorney agree to use an evaluator rather than using an evaluator from the state's QME panel.
Our attorneys prepare our clients for their QME appointments. If you have an upcoming QME appointment and do not know what to do, call our office at 831-753-9127 to make an appointment with one of our attorneys to help with your next steps.
Redula & Redula LLP helps injured workers who live and work in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We help injured workers apply for workers’ compensation benefits after work injuries - specific injuries, cumulative trauma (repetitive work injuries), psychiatric injuries, death benefits cases, subsequent injuries benefits trust fund cases (SIBTF), slip and falls, carpal tunnel syndrome.
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