What is an Independent Medical Exam?

An independent medical examination (IME) is a medical evaluation conducted by a qualified and impartial medical professional who is not involved in the ongoing care of the individual being examined. The purpose of an IME is typically to provide an unbiased assessment of an individual’s health, medical condition, or injuries. These examinations are often requested by employers, insurance companies, legal entities, or government agencies for various purposes, including:

Insurance claims

To evaluate the extent of injuries or disabilities claimed in an insurance case.

Workers' compensation cases

To assess work-related injuries and determine the individual's ability to return to work.

Legal proceedings

In legal cases, an IME may be ordered to provide an independent medical opinion on the plaintiff's or defendant's health status.

Disability determinations

To assess the level of disability and its impact on an individual's ability to perform specific tasks.

Personal injury cases

In situations where an individual's health or injuries are at issue in a legal dispute.

During an independent medical examination, the examiner reviews relevant medical records, takes a medical history, conducts a physical examination, and may order additional tests if necessary.

The goal is to provide an objective and impartial assessment of the individual’s medical condition. The findings from an IME can be used as evidence in legal or insurance proceedings and help stakeholders make informed decisions based on an unbiased medical opinion.

When and why are IMEs conducted?

Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) are typically conducted when an impartial medical opinion is needed for legal or insurance purposes. Here are some ways you can help with an independent medical examination:

Provide accurate information

Ensure that all relevant medical records, history, and documentation are available and provided to the examiner.

Attend the examination

If the examination involves a physical evaluation, please attend the appointment in person. Your presence can help provide additional context and ensure accurate information is conveyed.

Prepare a detailed medical history

Compile a detailed medical history, including past treatments, surgeries, medications, and any other relevant information. This can assist the examiner in understanding the full scope of your health condition. Please bring only copies of your medical records and/or imaging. i.e. MRIs, X-Rays and CTs.

List current medications

Provide a list of all current medications, dosages, and frequency of use. This information is crucial for understanding your ongoing medical management.

Prepare a list of questions

If you have specific questions or concerns, prepare a list to discuss with the examiner during the examination. This ensures that all relevant issues are addressed.

Follow instructions

Adhere to any pre-examination instructions provided by your legal representation and Midwest Medical Group. This may include restrictions on medications or specific activities before the examination.

Maintain a positive attitude

Approach the examination with a positive attitude. This can contribute to a more constructive and accurate assessment.