Division Independent Medical Exam (DIME)

If there is a dispute between the injured worker and the employer concerning the maximum medical improvement date (MMI) or the impairment rating that was provided by the treating physician, and the parties wish to bring this dispute before a judge, the law requires that the parties first obtain a Division Independent Medical Examination (DIME).

This process was established to reduce litigation and to provide an alternative way to address disputes involving MMI and impairment. Because impairment is an issue in the dispute, a Level II-accredited physician must perform the examination. If the parties cannot agree upon a physician, the Division will select an independent medical examiner based on an application submitted by the party who objects to the impairment rating or statement of MMI. Currently, the cost of this IME is $675 and is paid directly to the physician by the party that is requesting the DIME.

  • References

    • "DIME" C.R.S. 8-42-107.2
    • IME C.R.S. 8-42-107(8)

    Contact Us

    Division of Workers' Compensation
    Division Independent Medical Exam Unit
    633 17th Street, Suite 300
    Denver, CO 80202
    303-318-8655 (Phone)
    303-318-8659 (Fax)