Most often, the DME will not attribute medical causation for the injuries that you assert for a date of accident. The DME will find other reasons such as a pre-existing condition, temporary injury or some other cause. In this case, you have to evaluate the strength of your medical causation versus the strength of the DME. This evaluation will be an important component in your overall evaluation, preparation and recommendation for you on settlement negotiations. For example, you may suffer an on the job low back injury. If the DME finds that you have significant pre-existing conditions to your low back and were receiving treatment, including a surgical consultation that was ambivalent about recommendations for surgery, you will want to push for settlement.
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