Re: IME(Independent Medical Exam)
The IME for your pension may not be as bad as the ones for work comp but there is one fact that is the same no matter what, the IME doctor is paid by the pension plan and looking out for their best interests not yours. When you go for your exam, it is important that you are courteous, non-confrontational and honest. Answer all questions asked but don't volunteer information. If you aren't sure what a question means, ask. If you don't know an answer to a question, "I don't know" is a perfectly fine answer. If something the doctor is doing causes discomfort, tell him. If it is painful, tell him to stop.
When I had my WC IME, I was early and the doctor was late. While I was filling out a couple questionnaires, the doctor was getting the room ready?!? Then the doctor came out to the front and "chatted" with my husband. The doctor had driven up in a muddy Hummer so they were talking about hunting and black powder shooting. I said something about not being able to do those things anymore. The IME went about as I expected and when I got the report, I read in the narrative that (I) had to give up hunting and competition shooting. Boy am I glad I chimed in because hubby was volunteering information that made it look like we were doing those things, when I had not been able to for almost 3 years.
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