What is an IME?
An independent medical examination (IME) is a medical evaluation performed by a doctor who is not involved in the treatment or care of the injured person. The purpose of an IME is to provide an objective and unbiased assessment of the person’s injuries, medical condition, and prognosis after an accident or incident that caused the personal injury claim.
An IME may be requested by the defendant, or the insurance company, personal injury case to verify the extent and severity of the person’s injuries, and to determine the appropriate compensation for the damages. An IME may also be used to challenge or dispute the findings of the person’s own doctors or specialists.
An IME is usually conducted by a licensed doctor who has expertise in the specific area of medicine related to the person’s injuries. The doctor may perform various tests, such as physical examination, X-rays, MRI, blood tests, etc., depending on the nature and complexity of the case. The doctor will then write a report that summarizes the results of the IME, including the diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and prognosis of the person’s condition. The report will also state whether the person’s injuries are related to the accident or incident that caused the claim, and whether the person has any permanent impairment or disability as a result of the injuries.
The IME report is considered as evidence in a personal injury case, and it may have a significant impact on the outcome of the case. The report may support or contradict the person’s own medical records and testimony, and it may affect the amount of compensation that the person can receive for their injuries and losses. Therefore, it is important for the person to prepare well for the IME, and to consult with their personal injury attorney before and after the IME. The person should also be aware of their rights and obligations when undergoing an IME, such as:
- The person cannot be required to travel a long distance from their home to attend the IME.
- The defendant or insurance company must pay for the costs of the IME.
- The person has the right to review and obtain a copy of the IME report.
- The person has the right to challenge or question the IME doctor at a deposition or trial.
What questions are asked during an independent medical examination?
During an independent medical examination (IME), the examiner may ask questions such as:
- Does the person have the illness or injury they claim to?
- Who or what caused the illness or injury?
- How severely impaired is the person?
- Can the person work?
- What treatment does the person need?
- Can the person recover from their illness or injury?
- What symptoms or injuries did you notice before, during, and after the workplace accident?
- Did you have a pre-existing condition prior to the workplace accident?
- Are there any restrictions on your ability to work from your injuries?
- How has your injury or accident impacted your daily life?
- Do your injuries require further treatment, such as physical therapy, surgery, or specialized treatment?
You can always call our office if you have any questions about an IME and how to properly prepare for it.