Long-time judge: Some 'independent' doctors routinely rule against injured workers

January 29, 2018

Channel 3000 News

Madison, WI

By: Alexandra Hall and Dee Hall

Published: Jan 21, 2008


As an administrative law judge hearing worker’s compensation cases in Wisconsin for three decades, Joe Schaeve said he often knew how certain doctors hired by employers and insurance companies would rule even before opening their reports.


“It winds up with the doctor saying ‘Not work related’ or ‘It’s all in his mind,’ ” said Schaeve, who retired in May. “You can almost sense it coming when you spend 30 years reading these reports.”


Schaeve said a few of the experts’ opinions were so predictable that “it’s almost a waste of time to read the report because you know what it’s going to say.”

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