When an employee is injured on the job and files a worker’s compensation claim through their insurance company, a physician with a special certification – QME (qualified medical evaluator) – will perform an evaluation to determine which benefits the injured party should receive. In cases where the injured worker filing the claim is represented by an attorney, the attorney and the claims administrator may agree to have a doctor resolve any arising medical disputes. This doctor is known as an AME (agreed medical evaluator).
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An AME can only be used by parties represented by an attorney. Agreed medical evaluators can also be qualified medical evaluators, but they are not required to hold both certifications. A QME is chosen randomly through the state system, and once a party chooses to use an AME they forfeit the right to see a QME.
Dr. Steven Meier, an orthopedic surgeon, is also an expert AME in Beverly Hills. In addition to his surgical and clinical work at his practice Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Dr. Meier is also a well regarded expert in the medical legal evaluation industry. As disputes often tend to arise between claimants and their employer and insurance company over any number of factors including the nature and scope of the injury, liability, and mutually agreeable terms for compensation, it’s very important for all parties to have access to an impartial and well trained medical professional familiar with the legal process involved.
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Physicians must meet educational and licensing requirements, as well as successfully complete exams and participate in ongoing education in worker’s compensation in order to serve as evaluators. Highly specialized evaluators like Dr. Meier can hold other qualifications and perform medical legal services such as:
- AME (Agreed Medical Evaluations)
- QME (Qualified Medical Evaluations)
- IME (Independent Medical Evaluations)
- Surgical Consultations/Evaluations
- Second Opinion Orthopedic Evaluations
To learn more about Dr. Meier and the other orthopedic services he provides, please visit www.mosm.com.