Learn What You Should Do During Your Independent Medical Evaluation

If you have a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim, you might be required to take part in an independent medical evaluation, otherwise known as IME. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we find that clients are sometimes nervous about this and are not sure exactly what they should do. Keep reading to learn the basics, or just call us at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.

Always Be Honest

Most people walk into an IME with every intention of being honest, but they might end up exaggerating without even realizing it. While some people do this to try and pad their claim, most people do it because they worry that someone does not believe them, and they want to make a claim seem serious.

Make sure you do not exaggerate your condition because it could cause you to lose credibility. On the flip side, tell them about your symptoms – even if they are embarrassing. The goal is to give them a clear picture of what you are going through. This is not the time to be “tough” and act as though you are not in pain.

Tell the Truth About Your Pre-Existing Conditions

Many people are worried about disclosing any pre-existing conditions they have because they think that these conditions might prevent them from winning their case. The truth is that they are going to find out about any conditions sooner or later. It is better to tell them yourselves so that it will not look like you are hiding anything and so that you can ensure they know the truth.

As What They Believe Your Treatment is Like to Be

It is important to remember that, in most cases, IME doctors are generalists. This means that they will not necessarily know the most up to date ways to treat various ailments. However, they will give their opinion in their evaluation. As a result, it is helpful to know what they think your treatment should be so that you will know what to expect on the form.

Be Polite to Them

This might seem obvious, but the truth is that it can feel scary and frustrating to have to see yet another doctor. They are just doing their job. They are neither for you or against you. They are there to act as an impartial third-party who can give an honest opinion about your injuries. Be polite and answer their questions as truthfully as you can.

It is important that you have a personal injury attorney to talk to about these issues. If you are in need of a free legal consultation, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 to talk to an experienced attorney who is ready to hear about your case.