Can you refuse to see the doctor the insurer has chosen for a functional capacity assessment or independent medical examination and request a different one?
You can refuse, but the consequences of refusing must be understood. Where the insurance company continues to pay benefits, a refusal to attend an assessment would be construed as non-cooperation, which would likely result in suspension or termination of disability benefits. If there is a specific reason that you are refusing to attend the assessment, you should provide reasons, as if there is an acceptable reason, the insurer may agree to arrange an assessment with another assessor. Where your benefits have been cut-off or your claim has been denied, we would urge you to contact a lawyer to discuss your options before attending any such assessment.
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