Workers Compensation

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Specialists located in Schaumburg, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Workers compensation pays medical and rehabilitation expenses you incur while treating and healing from an on-the-job injury. To obtain your benefits or to get a second opinion, you may need an independent medical examination, which can be performed by the physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists. If you have any questions about workers’ compensation, please call one of the offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Workers Compensation Q & A

What is workers compensation?

Workers compensation is a type of insurance that pays for your medical care when you become injured or ill due to your job. Your employer pays for your workers compensation; then the insurance provider pays your expenses when your claim is approved.

What injuries are covered by workers compensation?

Job-related injuries that are covered by workers compensation include:

  • Repetitive use injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains, fractures, cuts, and other injuries
  • Stroke or heart attack when caused by work
  • Pre-existing conditions made worse by work

What other expenses are covered by workers compensation?

Workers compensation covers diverse medical expenses, including:

  • Medical care: doctor’s visits, hospitalization, surgery, medications
  • Rehabilitation: physical therapy, medical appliances
  • Home care: devices such as a wheelchair, changes to your home such as a ramp
  • Vocational rehabilitation: training for a new job when you can’t return to your pre-injury job
  • Disability benefits: temporary or permanent, total or partial disability benefits

What is an independent medical examination?

Your employer or workers compensation provider may ask you to have an independent medical examination (IME).

The IME is usually done to verify the type and severity of your injury and to get an estimated time when you’ll be able to return to work. The insurance provider also uses the IME results to determine your compensation.

The doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists are qualified to provide IME exams. They provide an expert review, evaluating your medical history, performing a thorough physical examination, and ordering diagnostic tests as needed.

What is included in an IME report?

When your exam is over, your Barrington Orthopedic doctor completes the required report, addressing specific questions or issues raised by your employer.

Your IME report may need to discuss whether a work-related accident directly caused your injury or whether the treatment recommended by your doctor is necessary. An IME report may also indicate whether you’re ready to go back to work.

Can you get a second opinion?

The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists can provide a second medical opinion when needed. After the IME, you can also choose to receive your care from Barrington Orthopedic Specialists.

For a workers compensation consultation, IME, or a second opinion, call to book an appointment.