Here are a few suggestions if your own insurance company is requesting an IME of you:
1. First, before submitting to an independent medical exam, read your auto policy! The insurance company's right to request an exam is contained within the insurance contract you have with them. Review it to make sure the company is not violating any of the policy provisions.
2. Second, you really should consider either consulting or hiring an experienced attorney. Attorneys can often insist that the exam be delayed and insist that an impartial observer be present during the exam.
3. Third, make sure you give the examiner an accurate description of your prior health problems, current complaints, and the facts of the accident that produced your injuries. Any discrepancies will be used against you (you can count on that).
4. Fourth, be mindful that the examiner will be looking for all signs that you are not injured -- how you walk into the examination room, how you sit, how long you sit, facial expressions, etc.
5. Fifth, consider bringing a nurse with you as a nurse trained in IME's can monitor the session, and make sure it is going according to the IME guidelines. If you have an attorney, the attorney will sometimes pay for this cost to make sure it is done properly and he or she can call the nurse as a witness later if the case moves to trial, mediation or arbitration.
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