What is an Independent Medical Examination?

Car accident cases involve multiple elements: Establishing the events of the accident, exhibiting which injuries and damages resulted, proving the link between your injuries and the accidents, and showing how another person’s negligence caused the collision. Unfortunately, when building your case, the other party may not simply “take your word for it” on some details. To show the link between the collision and your injuries, you may need to participate in an independent medical examination.

An independent medical examination is conducted by a third-party doctor who technically has no stake in your case. Therefore, the other party in your case cannot reject evidence of your injuries based on their belief that your doctor’s reports are meant to serve your interests. Independent medical examinations are sometimes required as a condition to receive insurance benefits as well.

Although independent medical examinations are, in theory, a way to include an impartial expert medical opinion as evidence in your case, this is not always true. Independent medical examinations are sometimes more beneficial to the defendant party or the insurance company. It’s possible that the doctor you see as part of an independent medical examination will report on your injuries to serve the interests of those parties.

Will I Need to Participate in an Independent Medical Examination?

Whether or not you need to participate in an independent medical examination will depend on the details of your case. Ultimately, this decision is usually made based on the opinions of the defendant and their representation. If you are asked to participate in an independent medical examination for insurance purposes, the requirement should be outlined in your policy. You can fight a request to participate in an independent medical examination if you are asked.

Contact Tedford & Associates to discuss the details of your car accident claim. We are available to answer your questions and begin building your case. We can guide you through the entire claim process and handle the legal aspects of your case while you focus on healing. If participating in an independent medical examination is asked of you, we will advise you on whether or not you should submit to the examination and will ensure your rights are protected throughout your case. We are also prepared to oppose requests for independent medical examinations if necessary. No matter what you need, we are here to help.

Send us a message or call (626) 325-0142 for a free consultation with our lawyers.


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