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 Evaluation is an evaluation provided by an Agreed Medical Evaluator. This is a medical expert, usually 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.

What is an Independent Medical Evaluation?

An independent medical examination (IME) occurs when an qualified Independent Medical Examiner – a doctor with no prior relationship to the patient – examines an individual to determine the cause and extent of an injury where liability is at issue; whether an individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment; and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment.

An IME is often ordered by an employer or an insurance company to obtain an independent opinion of the medical status of the individual. Self-insured employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers have a legal right to this request.

Do your physicians do IME Independent Medical Evaluations and Expert Witness Services?

Yes, contact experts@arrowheadeval.com to discuss our services and panel of physicians. Our doctors offer IMEs, record reviews, expert witness, case consulting services, fitness for duty, disability evaluations, and more.

We have qualified physicians in many specialties in locations throughout California, some of which include: Orthopedic Surgery Expert, Spine Surgery Expert, Hand and Wrist Surgery Expert, Orthopedic Knee and Hip Expert, Neurology Expert, Neuropsychology Expert, Internal Medicine Expert, Toxicology Expert, Psychiatry Expert.

Contact experts@arrowheadeval.com or 909-255-8903

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 the state of California 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.

How do I become part of Arrowhead Evaluation Services’ team of medical experts?

We are always looking for experienced, qualified medical experts to join our growing team of professionals. If you’re interested in joining our team, please contact us today.

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