What is an Independent Medical Examination?

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Whether you are injured in a car crash, slip and fall, bicycle, truck, or transit accident, you must seek immediate medical attention. After seeing a doctor, your next move should be to contact a Bronx personal injury attorney.

If you file a personal injury claim, the defense may want to have you examined by their own medical professional. The purpose of an independent medical examination (IME) is to have another physician evaluate your injuries and provide an additional prognosis.

What happens at an independent medical examination?

In certain personal injury cases, the defense may wish to have the victim looked at by another physician. If you filed an injury claim, and the defendant asks you to visit another doctor, it is important that you remain calm.

You should also understand that the medical exam is likely paid for by the defendant and therefore may not be as independent as you think — their findings may differ from those of your own physician.

Here are some of the tips on what to expect:

      • Multiple IMEs — Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be required to undergo multiple IMEs. For example, if you are seeing an orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist and a rehab specialist, the defense may ask you to undergo three separate IMEs.
      • IMEs are paid for by the defense — Before you start worrying about medical expenses, remember that any independent medical exams scheduled by the defense will be paid for by the defense, not you.
      • IMEs are scheduled — Your lawyer can meet with the defense counsel to schedule a date and time for your IME. If you do not have counsel, the defense may seek a court order that requires you to undergo an IME.
      • Be honest and polite — When attending an IME, always be polite and honest with the doctor examining you. While they are technically hired by the defense, doctors are bound by certain professional and ethical standards.

Before your independent medical examination, consult with your lawyer. Your attorney may have additional information that can help you during the exam. It is also a good idea to bring a copy of your medical records.

How will an independent medical examination affect my injury claim?

The results of your medical examination can have a significant impact on your injury case. However, if the IME doctor made a factual mistake or provided a diagnosis/prognosis that is inconsistent or incorrect given your medical history, it can work in your favor.

It is important that you make a good impression on the IME doctor by arriving early to your appointment, bringing all required information, cooperating, and telling the truth.

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The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn has fought for injured New Yorkers for more than 30 years. If you need help filing a personal injury claim in the Bronx, call 718-409-5500 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer. Se habla español. আমরা বাংলা কথা বলি।.

About the Author: Evan Kohn

About the Author: Evan Kohn

Evan W. Kohn is an experienced personal injury attorney serving the New York City area. He handles cases ranging from auto accidents to personal injury, Slip and falls, truck accidents, and medical malpractice.