Medical Issues & Workers’ Comp

Is Travel For Workers’ Comp. Medical Treatment Covered by My Insurance Carrier?

by Patrick Spencer February 28, 2014
Travel reimbursement receipts for your workers' comp. claim

Q: I’m having knee surgery done in Vail CO. I live in Silt, CO (81 miles away). My doctor is requiring me to stay in Vail for a minimum of 5 nights so they may monitor progress and follow their physical therapy routine. That leaves me with $1000 lodging expense plus meals. I’m hoping I don’t get stuck with the […]

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Medical Information You Have to Give the Insurance Company

by Patrick Spencer November 2, 2011
don't sign blank medical releases

Q. “My workers’ comp insurance company is asking me to sign medical releases and has asked for a list of doctors I’ve seen, even ones I saw before my injury. Do I have to give it to them?” A client asked us: I received a packet of papers to fill out, such as the incident report, […]

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What is the Difference Between an IME and a DIME?

by Patrick Spencer July 14, 2011
IME or DIME in Colorado

In Colorado, there are important differences between an IME, or Independent Medical Exam and a DIME, or Division Independent Medical Exam. An IME can be performed by any doctor. Either you or the insurance carrier can send you to a doctor for an IME to get additional information about things like: your condition, whether your injury is […]

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How to Get Medical Care in Another State on Your Colorado Workers’ Comp. Claim

by Patrick Spencer October 4, 2010
Out of state medical treatment for Colorado case

If you live in another state, and you have a Colorado claim, you may  still need medical care.  While it can be more difficult to obtain medical treatment and benefits when you are in another state, with some careful planning, it can be done.  Either you, or your attorney, should do the following : 1. […]

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What is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)?

by Patrick Spencer September 18, 2010
MMI in Colorado

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is when your medical condition is not expected to improve significantly. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you are well, or totally fine. You may have remaining impairments from your injury. It just means that your doctor doesn’t expect any further improvement at this point. MMI is an important milestone in your […]

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