What is an IME?
Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) is the professional evaluation of an injury, its causation, its severity, and its long term implications to work, personal activities, and lifestyle. It is an assessment that affects lives, jobs, families, and businesses. IME is a unique specialty that relies on a comprehensive medical background and includes extensive experience in the treatment of orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as the practice of occupational and industrial medicine. The purpose of an IME is to objectively evaluate all the components of an injury case; including accident history, treatment history, and patient history along with the results of a detailed physical examination.
What to expect?
An Independent Medical Evaluation brings together the pieces of your injury history to fill in missing information and construct an accurate timeline of past, present, and future. The past includes a review of all your previous medical records, as well as discussing the history of the injury with you. The present condition is assessed by comparing past rest results (X-rays and MRIs, etc.) with recent test results to determine whether your injury has improved or has become worse over time. The IME will include numerous questions about the specific location frequency, and intensity of your pain. Questions about physical limitations will also be asked.