When a party such as an insurer disputes the severity of a patient’s disability, injury, or illness, they may request the patient undergoes an unbiased independent medical examination. As part of this process, the appointed independent medical examination doctor(s) will evaluate a patient’s condition and determine the causes of the condition, the medical treatments the patient requires, and more.
If you’re an attorney involved in a medical malpractice or personal injury lawsuit, our legal nurse consultants can connect you with an independent medical specialist relevant to your case. We may also be able to strengthen you claim by creating an evidence-based life care plan. Call us today at 724-487-0519 to find out more.
Let’s take a look at three important questions for an independent medical examination doctor:
1. Is the Patient Exaggerating His or Her Condition?
Typically, independent medical examination doctors are asked to look out for any signs the patient is exaggerating or faking their condition. The doctor will take notes on the patient’s behavior, appearance, and movements during the examination. For example, how is the plaintiff dressed? Did the plaintiff show any outward signs of pain or distress during the assessment? How is the patient moving?
2. What Caused the Condition?
If a patient asserts that negligence or malpractice at a healthcare facility led to their injuries, disabilities, or illnesses, an independent medical examination doctor will often be tasked with connecting the dots. For example, the doctor may look at the patient’s medical records to determine whether the patient is suffering from an old injury sustained before he or she was treated at the facility.
3. Is the Patient Able to Return to Work?
When settlements are calculated by insurers or during litigation, the parties involved will take into account a wide range of factors to arrive at the final amount. Wages lost due to injury or illness can make up a considerable portion of this total. An independent medical examination doctor may be asked to determine whether an injury or illness prevented the patient from being able to return to work.
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