If you were injured in a car accident with continued treatment, chances are you will go to at least one IME during the course of your treatment. An IME is an independent medical exam that your insurance company sends you to. The doctor is hired by the insurance company to examine you to determine if you injuries are legitimate, might be exaggerated or casually related to your car accident. It is the goal of the insurance to weed out those who might be faking it or not need treatment anymore.
Unfortunately the way the system is set up it affects those who truly are injured and need to continue to receive treatment. The insurance company wants to save money and they use these exams to deny treatment based on medical necessity. It’s unfair and can be scary to claimants.
Additionally you may be asked to attend an IME by the defendant’s attorney in a personal injury case. The “other side” hires their own doctor to examine you and to dispute the validity of your injuries and or pain and suffering.
The IME doctor is listening to everything you say and watching everything you do. He will dictate a report of what he sees and hears immediately when you leave his office. Rest assured, our law firm is experienced in preparing our clients for these IME’s.
How Personal Injury Lawyers Prepare You for an IME
When you have an IME schedules, our lawyers will research the doctor’s background, history and generally try to put you at ease. Your focus should be on getting well and taking care of your injuries, not worrying about these kinds of exams. This is part of what a good personal injury attorney is hired to do.
We've put together a short list on how to prepare for an IME to help if you have one scheduled. This is not a complete list, it a guide that should be used in conjunction with legal advice from your personal injury attorney.
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, our accident attorneys can help. Please call us at 516-222-4000 for a free consultation. We will discuss your specific situation, give you advice and legal options and help you make the best legal decisions for yourself and your family.
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