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Workers’ Compensation – Medical Legal Evaluation

At Rucka, O’Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna, we focus on helping clients throughout the Monterey Peninsula obtain the maximum workers’ compensation benefits possible.  To accomplish this, an important step in the process is the medical-legal evaluation.

What is a Medical-Legal Evaluation?

A medical-legal evaluation is a medical appointment scheduled, usually between the insurance company and your attorney, with an impartial physician who will address specific medical and legal questions based upon review of all the medical information related to your injury.  This physician will render an opinion as to whether your injury was caused by work, whether your condition is at maximum medical improvement having not changed for a reasonable period of time, whether there is any permanent impairment, what future medical treatment is anticipated, if any, and whether you can return to the same job or line of work.  This physician will not provide any "treatment."  This physician’s opinion and report carries significant weight in the determination of all medical-legal issues related to your workers’ compensation claim. 

How to Prepare for Your Medical-Legal Evaluation

Make a mental checklist of the nature and circumstances surrounding your work-related injury. Review any medical records you may have and recall what medical treatment you have received to date.  If possible, obtain any documentation available regarding your injury.  It is important to show up on time, be courteous, and cooperate with the physician during the evaluation.

After the Medical-Legal Evaluation

Following the evaluation, the medical-legal report usually takes at least 45 days to complete.  Once we receive your report, we will contact you if there are any questions.  Occasionally, these reports take longer than 45 days to complete.  In that situation, we will follow up as appropriate. 

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness at work, it is important to consult with experienced attorneys who can ensure you are complying with all of the deadlines and requirements in your case.  We have served Monterey Bay Region employees for over 35 years in California workers’ compensation matters, and seven of our attorneys are have been certified as Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  To schedule a free initial consultation with us to discuss your case, contact Rucka, O’Boyle, Lombardo & McKenna.