Can a Doctor Hired by a Long Term Disability Insurance Company Truly Be Independent? Short Answer: NO

When a policyholder files a long term disability insurance claim, the disability insurance company has the right under the insurance policy to request that the insured submit to an "independent medical exam or evaluation" ("IME") by a doctor chosen for and paid for by the insurance company.  Sometimes this "exam" comes in the form of a "paper review" where select medical records are sent by the long term disability insurance company to a doctor of its choosing for a review of the records with a request that this doctor answer certain questions relevant to the claim.   

Long term disability insurance companies typically use the same doctors over and over again for these evaluations.

Many of these doctors are paid six figures annually by insurance companies to perform these exams.

Essentially these doctors are on the insurance companies' payroll.

Sounds like a pretty strong conflict of interest.

In other words, there is a strong likelihood that these doctors are biased in favor of the insurance companies in light of their financial arrangement.

Doesnt sound like a very "independent" sitiuation to me at all.          

The Law Firm of J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A. represents individuals that have had their valid long term disability benefits denied, delayed or terminated.

You can reach Miami Long Term Disability Insurance Claims Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email J.P. directly at [email protected].

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