When do I have to submit to an IPE?
An independent psychological evaluation (IPE) may be required for mental disability claims. Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, only certain mental disorders are compensable. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is defined by Minn. Stat. 176.11, subd. 15 as the condition described in the most recently published addition of the DSM-V. See article entitled Cumulative Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Police Officers for a full description. PTSD is not compensable if it is the result of a disciplinary action, such as a work evaluation, job transfer, layoff, demotion, etc.