An independent medical evaluation, also referred to as an independent medical examination or IME, is an objective, third-party medical exam. An IME can be requested by insurance companies, benefits providers, HR managers, lawyers, or employers. In any case, an independent medical evaluation is conducted when an individual has been injured and requires third-party documentation to confirm the extent of their injuries.
IMEs are conducted by physicians who have completed IME training and have been identified as authorized IME provider. The physician will include your medical history in the report but they cannot have a previously existing patient-doctor relationship with the examinee.
The purpose of the evaluation is for the physician to assess your medical symptoms related to your accident, injury, or illness. The doctor will evaluate your ability to function and respond physically and/or mentally to various tasks. They may make recommendations or restrictions on your ability to perform daily activities at home, work, and in recreation.
The examining physician will conduct the exam objectively and with respect for all parties involved. The examiner will conduct routine procedures such as confirming your identity, stating the party that requested the IME, and they will explain the procedures and reporting that will occur during the exam. The examiner will also be able to answer any questions you have before and during the medical exam.