Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

What is a Qualified Medical Evaluation?

Qualified Medical Evaluation is an evaluation provided by a Qualified Medical Evaluator.  When an individual is injured on the job and has a medical injury, their case may be subject to review by a Qualified Medical Evaluator.  Either the worker, their attorney or the claims administrator may request the QME to determine if the cause of the injury, review the current treatment, determine recovery time and if the injury has a permanent disability rating.  The California Department of Workers Compensation is charged with maintaining a list of approved Qualified Medical Evaluators.

What is an Agreed Medical Evaluation?

An Agreed Medical Evaluator is a medical expert, usual a physician specializing in a relevant field, who is agreed upon by both parties in a claim – typically the worker’s lawyer and the claims administrator.

Why is a third party evaluation useful?

A third party evaluation, either QME or IME, provides an independent and unbiased review of a claim from a medical viewpoint.  This process ensures that individual providing the QME / IME service does not benefit from the results of the evaluation.

Who pays for the evaluation?

The QME / IME is paid for either directly by the employer or through a workers compensation insurance policy.  For more information, please reference the California Labor Code section 3751(b).

What should I look for in a physician to perform my evaluation?

You should look for a physician or medical expert who is qualified to provide medical testimony and has expertise relevant to your claim.  Medical specialists, such as cardiologists or orthopedic surgeons, can provide a QME / IME in greater detail for their specialty.  The California Department of Workers Compensation maintains a list of Qualified Medical Examiners (QME).

What areas do you service?

We serve clients in the cities of Blue Jay, Colton, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa, Anaheim, Fullerton, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, Chula Vista, El Centro, Escondido, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Vista, Corona, Hemet, Menifee, Mira Loma, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Riverside, Temecula, Bakersfield, Fresno, Wasco, Chico, Fremont, Redding, Sacramento, San Jose, Turlock, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Yuba City, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Arcadia, Bellflower, Carson, Diamond Bar, Downey, Hacienda Heights, Inglewood, Lakewood, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, North Hollywood, Palmdale, Pasadena, Pomona, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, Santa Clarita, Sun Valley, Van Nuys, Ventura, West Covina and Whittier.

Do you offer rush appointments?

Yes, our office will try to accommodate any rush appointments. If you require a rush appointment, please contact our office by telephone as early as possible at (909) 335-2323.

Do you offer same day status?

Yes, our office can provide you with same day status. Same day status is faxed electronically.

Do you offer rush a service for reports?

Yes, we can rush your report. If you require a rush report, please contact our office by telephone as early as possible at (909) 335-2323.

Can you accommodate deadlines?

Yes, our office has the flexibility to work with you.

Do you accept liens?

Yes, we accept liens. For more information, please contact our office at (909) 335-2323.

For more information, visit the State of California Department of Industrial Relations FAQs.

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