Independent Medical Examination (IME)
What to Expect at Your Independent Medical Examination (IME)
Independent Medical Examinations occur in almost every Workers’ Compensation Case. When you attend the examination, it is important to remember that the doctor is evaluating you at the request of the insurance company. Their goal is to minimize the exposure that they have to your claim. Even if a doctor seems friendly, keep in mind that the doctor works for the insurance company, whose goal is to pay out as little as is possible for your case. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security by a friendly bedside manner.
You should provide a detailed description of each and every complaint that you have concerning the condition caused by your accident. Before going to the evaluation, you should give significant thought to how this accident and injury affects you before you go to the evaluation. Do not be concerned that you may sound like a complainer or that you are whining. Each and every one of your complaints and limitations should be detailed to this doctor.
Itemize exactly how the injuries that you have suffered affect your activities of daily living. On this topic, you should give significant thought to what you are going to describe to the doctor before you go to the evaluation. Think of all of the things that you are now unable to do as a result of the accident. Think of all of the things that you now have to do differently as a result of your injuries. They should include all of your activities not only at work, but also your personal life. As this doctor is going to be assessing the percentage of disability to your injury, it is important for him or her to know how the injury has affected your life.
Be sure to tell the truth. Remember that there may indeed be surveillance of you performing certain activities. It is important that you maintain a solid level of credibility throughout your entire case and the best way to do that is simply by telling the truth. You do not have to volunteer any information, however, if asked about an appropriate topic related to your medical condition, any prior conditions or subsequent injuries, it is essential that you be honest.
Keep in mind that you are being evaluated by the doctor from the time that you walk into the doctor’s office until the time that you leave. The doctor will likely make observation of your posture, ability to walk, how you get on and off of the evaluation table and any other activities that you perform in the office, as well as the possibility of being under surveillance by the private investigator.
You should take copies of all diagnostic films and test results that you have in your possession with you to the doctor.
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