One of the jobs as an assistant at Klein Lawyers is to organize appointments for our clients to attend an Independent Medical Examination (IME). An IME is an examination from a doctor that has not been involved in the ongoing care of the patient/client. We receive many questions regarding these appointments. When you are in the midst of a personal injury or motor vehicle accident claim it is in your best interest to attend an IME at the request of your lawyer. Attending an IME is important as the results provide the following information:
- About the extent and duration of injuries
- About on-going future medical care needs
- Provide crucial and further information relevant to settling your claim
- Relevant and valuable to negotiate the amount of compensation that a injured person is entitled
One of our responsibilities is to book the appointments for our clients with a medical expert whose expertise is in an area related to your injuries. Medical specialists could include rheumatologists, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, orthopedic surgeons and many other qualified medical providers.
After we have confirmed your appointment with you, we will call or email you a day before to remind you. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the appointment. It is very important that you do not miss the appointment, as there will be fees associated with not showing up and it could take months to reschedule. This could substantially delay your settlement.
There is no need to be nervous when it is our office that arranges an IME. In the long run, an IME will help you recover the money you deserve. Simply treat it like any other examination by a physician. Be cooperative and let the doctors do their work. Make sure you are honest about the injuries sustained and communicate all the details of your injuries.