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An IME Reminder

    An IME (Independent Medical Exam) is not for the faint of heart. After all, you will be examined by a doctor who has never laid eyes on you before, nor been involved in your care. In fact, it is a good idea to think of the IME doctor more as an employee of the insurance carrier you will be going up against. It is in the IME doctor’s best interest to find you in good physical and emotional shape because a report like that will make his employer very happy.

    Knowing that at the outset can help you get through it. Go into the exam with a calm demeanor. Do not get upset or agitated. Stay focused. Also, make sure you are on time. This doctor is not a friend of yours, so there is no need to annoy him.

    And when you are asked about your injuries, again, remain calm, and most important, be honest. Do not exaggerate your pain; do not minimize it. The truth and nothing but the truth.

    Make sure you have all the facts of your injuries as well as all the information pertaining to them such as your treating doctors’ names and specialties; how many appointments you’ve had; and how often you might go to physical therapy. If you feel uncomfortable going to the IME by yourself, your attorney probably can send a registered nurse with you who can be there throughout the examination. I often provide my clients with that service, as it helps them relax knowing someone in the room is on their side.

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