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Why the medical records of my PCP do not help in my Florida workers’ compensation claim?

Short answer: Because your PCP’s records are not from a doctor authorized by workers’ compensation and therefore the PCP’s records are inadmissible in workers’ compensation.

Long answer: Generally, in Florida workers’ compensation proceedings, only certain categories of medical records are admissible: (1) medical records from doctors authorized by the workers’ compensation carrier; (2) an independent medical examiner or IME (a doctor) selected and declared by the injured worker to serve as an IME and paid for by the injured worker; and (3) an expert medical advisor or EMA (a doctor) appointed by the Judge to resolve disputes like an umpire between the injured worker’s IME/doctor and the doctor(s) hired by the insurance carrier.

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