Specialists in Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation
Independent Medical Examinations
An independent medical evaluation (IME) is an assessment performed by a medical specialist at the request of a third party, such as a lawyer or insurance company. The purpose of an independent medical evaluation is to provide medical information to third parties on issues such as compensation benefits, legal claims or disability. The physician performing the IME is not an employee of a lawyer or insurance company, but rather an independent expert who is expected to provide an objective opinion based on information available to them.
IME appointments usually consist of two parts. First you will meet the specialist and provide him or her with your medical history. During this time you will be asked questions about your symptoms and health. Following this will be a physical examination focused on your problems. The examining physician may also review any relevant medical records and x-rays.
IMEs are not performed for the purpose of treatment. The examining physician will not normally provide advice about treatment or send a report to your own doctor. The IME report (often called a medical/legal report) will be forwarded to the party who requested your appointment. If you or your doctor requires a copy of the report, you should contact the party who requested your appointment.
Your participation in an IME requires that you understand the process and provide informed consent. Should you have any concerns or questions about the IME or related matters, we will do our best to answer them. If you do not wish to participate in the IME, then you should contact your lawyer or representative to discuss your concerns.