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    My Doctor Doesn’t Seem To Be On The Same Page As Me, What Should I Do?

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    by Michael Cardamone | August 18, 2011

    Talk to your work comp lawyer. Sometimes, it’s better to iron things out with your physician- if they are willing, of course, and sometimes it’s better to move on and find a better advocate.  You certainly want to avoid the appearance of doctor shopping so it’s always better to have continuity with a doctor, but […]

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    How Can The Doctors In My Case Disagree So Much?

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    by Michael Cardamone | July 27, 2011

    Because they are in a business- it’s called medicine. The insurance company doctors are paid to see things the insurance company’s way, and the treating doctors have incentive to treat patients. No one can see pain. And while an MRI or EMG may show abnormalities, the doctors have wiggle room to opine that such findings […]

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    Family Medical Leave Act (re-post from 2007 entry)

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    by Michael Cardamone | July 17, 2011

    Many people have a vague familiarity with the Family and Medical Leave Act. It is an important and useful tool that many employees can take advantage of, and something that is often overlooked by employees. I wanted to share with you the basics of FMLA. Feel free to share this information with friends or family […]

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    Independent Medical Exam (IME) In Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Cases

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    by Michael Cardamone | July 16, 2011

    Why does an injured worker in Pennsylvania have to go to an IME doctor- that is, a doctor hired by the workers’ comp insurance company? Well, because the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows for it. An independent medical exam in Pennsylvania every 6 months is reasonable. IME doctors are hired by the insurance company and […]

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    Do Pennsylvania Work Comp Judges Believe The IME Doctors?

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    by Michael Cardamone | July 15, 2011

    It depends. Some IME doctors have better reputations than others. Also, there are so many facts to a case, it is difficult to generalize. Generally speaking, if the IME doctor admits basic, obvious facts, has strong credentials, does a thorough exam, and reviews all of the medical records available to him or her, then there […]

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    Do The Work Comp Judges In Pennsylvania Find The IME Doctors Credible?

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    by Michael Cardamone | December 30, 2010

    It depends. Some IME doctors have better reputations than others. Also, there are so many facts to a case, it is difficult to generalize. Generally speaking, if the IME doctor admits basic, obvious facts, has strong credentials, does a thorough exam, and reviews all of the medical records available to him or her, then there […]

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    Info About Independent Medical Exams in PA Work Comp Cases

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    by Michael Cardamone | October 26, 2010

    Injured workers in Pennsylvania often ask me what to expect for their Independent Medical Examination for their work comp case. Here are some general facts about IMEs in PA Work Comp cases: -The insurer can send you for an IME in Pennsylvania every 6 months. (there are some exceptions) -An IME in a Pennsylvania Work […]

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    How Often Can The Insurance Company Do An IME On Me In Pennsylvania?

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    by Michael Cardamone | August 1, 2010

    Every 6 months. Some insurers, however, lose track of a file and wait much longer. Generally, more than 1 in 6 months is not reasonable or accepted, unless the IME is targeting injuries that requires different specialists. For more information about Independent Medical Exams in Pennsylvania, call experienced PA work comp lawyer Michael W. Cardamone […]

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    Will My Doctor Have To Testify For My PA Workmans Comp Case?

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    by Michael Cardamone | July 17, 2010

    It depends. If your PA work comp lawyer files a Petition for benefits- called a Claim Petition, and if the claim is for 52 weeks or more of wage loss, then he or she will usually take the deposition of your treating physician- assuming that the physician supports the work-relatedness of your condition. Likewise, if […]

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    What Should I Do If My Doctor Says I Can’t Work But The IME Doctor Says I Can Work?

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    by Michael Cardamone | March 26, 2010

    This is a judgment call. However, I generally advise clients to try the job per the IME doctor’s recommendations/restrictions (or lack thereof). If you at least try a job for even one day, it shows good faith in trying to work. Yet in some situations, if you are in too much pain, or risk additional […]

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    Helpful Reminders for Getting Medical Bills Paid Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act

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    by Michael Cardamone | June 9, 2009

    It is very important that all treatment gets billed on the proper forms, within 30 days, and with the corresponding medical reports. Any failure to meet the billing requirements under the Work Comp Act will be used as a way for the insurer to wiggle out of payment. As a reminder, please note that requests […]

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    Can I Get Reimbursed For Miles Traveled to an IME?

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    by Michael Cardamone | May 19, 2009

    Yes. Or, alternatively, you can ask that the insurer provide transportation to and from the IME. If you receive a notice for an Independent Medical Exam, be sure to call an experienced workmans comp lawyer like Michael W. Cardamone for guidance concerning this type of examination. Image Source: pexels/Peter Fazekas Free Consults 7 days a […]

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    Proving Occupational Disease Cases

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    by Michael Cardamone | February 9, 2009

    Good article from The New York Times discussing some of the causality difficulties with occupational disease claims. Image Source: pexels/cottonbro https://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/us/25toxic.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

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    Can I Get Reimbursed For Miles To IME?

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    by Michael Cardamone | September 29, 2008

    Yes. The insurer can have arrangements to transport you to and from the IME appointment, or alternatively, if you drive yourself, they will reimburse you for the miles. Image Source: pexels/Aleksandr Gorlov If you have more questions about IME in Pennsylvania, please feel free to call or email me 7 days a week 215-206-9068Michael@cardamonelaw.com Michael […]

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    Will My Past Injuries And Treatment Become Relevant In My Workers’ Comp Case?

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    by Michael Cardamone | July 29, 2008

    Yes, very relevant. Once you file a claim, your prior medical history becomes fair game. The defense attorney has the right to obtain your prior treatment records to determine what, if any, prior similar injuries you may have had. This obviously becomes relevant when the doctors have to render their opinion on causation- ie, whether […]

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    What Is An Independent Medical Exam In Pennsylvania Workers Comp?

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    by Michael Cardamone | April 7, 2008

    Why does an injured worker in Pennsylvania have to go to an IME doctor- that is, a doctor hired by the workers’ comp insurance company? Well, because the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows for it. An independent medical exam in Pennsylvania every 6 months is reasonable. IME doctors are hired by the insurance company and […]

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    I Only See My Doctor Once Or Twice Per Year- Will That Hurt My Case?

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    by Michael Cardamone | February 8, 2008

    It depends. I know, this is a typical lawyer answer, but it’s true. If your claim was denied and you are in court litigating a Claim Petition, then the more treatment, the better- generally speaking. Image Source: pexels/SHVETS production If you are already receiving benefits and you’re at what’s called “Maximum Medical Improvement” which means […]

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    FAQ: I Have Outstanding Medical Bills That PA Work Comp Is Denying – What Should I Do?

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    by Michael Cardamone | February 8, 2008

    One of the hardest parts of dealing with an injury is navigating through the medical bill – an extra expense on top of all the mental and physical strain. In most cases, PA workers compensation act offers a great relief in the form of coverage for reasonable and necessary treatment of the injury. However, it […]

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    Should I Be Nice To The IME Doctor Even Though He Or She Was Hired By The Insurance Company?

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    by Michael Cardamone | February 8, 2008

    Yes. Always be polite with any doctor, even if it’s the IME doctor who was hired by the workers comp insurance company. The IME doctor is likely to disagree with some aspects of your treating doctors’ recommendations and opinions, but being nice and having a cooperative attitude can go a long way. Image Source: pexels/fauxels […]

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    How To Be More Effective When Seeing Your Doctor

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    by Michael Cardamone | January 26, 2008

    CNN article about how to be more effective when seeing your doctor. Wanted to pass it along: Image Source: pixabay/valelopardo https://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/01/23/ep.obnoxious/index.html

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    Does The Insurance Company Have The Right To Obtain My Medical Records?

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    by Michael Cardamone | December 7, 2007

    Generally, yes. Once you put your physical condition at issue whether by filing a workers’ comp claim, a personal injury lawsuit or a medical malpractice claim, your medical records are fair game. You lose any right to privacy because the insurance companies and their attorney have the right to determine what conditions you may have […]

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    My Injury Was Described As A Strain/Sprain- But It’s More Than That- What Should I Do?

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    by Michael Cardamone | November 4, 2007

    Call me! Work injuries are often minimized on the Notice of Compensation Payable document. An insurer only has 21 days to accept or deny a claim once notice is given by the injured worker in Pennsylvania. Consequently, the description of the injury is often a “sprain/strain”. Of course, an insurer is not going to voluntarily […]

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    Can I Get Reimbursed For My Out Of Pocket Expenses Like Co-Pays and Prescription Medicine Costs?

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    by Michael Cardamone | October 6, 2007

    Yes, if you have adequate proof that you incurred such expenses, have receipts/cancelled checks/documentation, and can show that the expenses relate to your accepted work injury. Employers often defend these claims, holding that Claimant didn’t present enough evidence linking the receipts with the accepted injury. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act has technical requirements on many […]

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    Family and Medical Leave Act- 29 U.S.C. 2601 et. seq.

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    by Michael Cardamone | March 28, 2007

    Many people have a vague familiarity with the Family and Medical Leave Act. It is an important and useful tool that many employees can take advantage of, and something that is often overlooked by employees. I wanted to share with you the basics of FMLA. Feel free to share this information with friends or family […]

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    Independent Medical Examiners Versus Treating Physicians- Striking a Balance

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    by Michael Cardamone | March 18, 2007

    In just about every workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania, a Claimant will be examined by an “Independent Medical Examiner”. As most practitioners know, these examiners are not “independent”. Instead, they are hired by the insurance companies/employers. An insurance company is permitted, under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, to have a Claimant examined by an IME […]

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