A Medical Panel is like a tribunal, but our office is not the same as a typical doctor's office. Our doctors don't work here full time, so it's important for you to attend your appointment on time to make sure that the Medical Panel has enough time to spend on your assessment.
Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that will help you understand what will happen at your appointment:
We allocate 75 minutes for most Medical Panel appointments. Depending on the complexity of your injury and the questions for the Panel, some appointments may be shorter or longer.
Depending on the complexity of the matter, a Panel will be a minimum of one doctor, but a Medical Panel is typically made up of between two and five doctors.
In almost all cases, our office is already aware if you need an interpreter for your appointment. Your appointment letter will state whether an interpreter has been arranged for you and what language the interpreter will speak. If one has not been arranged or you’re not sure if one has been arranged, you or your representative should contact our office prior to the appointment. If you require an interpreter and we have not been told, then the appointment may not be able to proceed and will be rescheduled for another day and time.
Note: An independent interpreter will be arranged, and a family member is not permitted to interpret for you.
In some cases, surveillance film will have been provided to the Panel. The Panel will view the footage with you and will want to get your thoughts on it to make sure you’ve had a chance to respond to it. If a Panel receives footage after your appointment, you may be asked to attend an additional short appointment to view it with them.
Reviewed 08 November 2019