what is an independent medical examination and what to expect
As an IME physician, Dr. Romanelli is put on your workers compensation or other medical cases as a second opinion for the insurance company and all parties involved. He gives his medical expert opinion on your condition which exist due to your work-related incident or the incident you are filing a suit on. The medical report that is produced after your examination will be used in court to help the jury make a decision regarding your case. At times, the independent medical examiner will be asked to testify in the court room.
You are required by law to attend an independent medical examination when requested for your injury case. During or after your independent medical examination the IME physician assigned to your case will review your medical records that are sent to them by the insurance company. It is necessary to check these records yourself for any inaccuracy or mistakes noted regarding your medical history prior to the examination.
The IME physician examines you thoroughly throughout the entire examination. Whether it be your behavior in the waiting room or during examination in the medical examination room. If your expression for your pain changes, it will be noted.
For example, if you are limping in the examination room, but not in the waiting room or parking lot, it will be noted. It is advised that you not fake your symptoms as these things are quick to be uncovered.
Unlike a primary care physician, an IME physician does not keep any information private. Anything you tell an IME physician can and will be used in court. The independent medical examination will consist of questions relating to the injury and medical history. The IME physician will ask how the injury occurred and what you are doing to treat it thus far. It is best to answer these questions as honest as possible. Be as accurate as possible. You should also be straight forward and give a thorough explanation of your injury.