If you have ever been involved in a workers compensation case in Florida which has been litigated, you may have come across the term ‘Expert Medical Advisor’. This article aims to explain what an Expert Medical Advisor is, their role, and also how this applies to plastic surgery.
An Expert Medical Advisor (EMA) is specific to the Florida Workers’ Compensation system. The role of an EMA is to “to provide expert medical consultation, opinions and testimony in disputes regarding care or compensation for Florida’s injured workers.” (Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation.) To put it simply. EMA’s provide an expert medical decision to help judges determine what treatment is necessary to treat an injured employee. Part of their role is also to protect employers and insurance companies to ensure that medical treatment is not overly excessive beyond what is required to return the employee to their original pre-injury condition.