Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers
Cleveland personal injury attorney at Paulozzi LPA are dedicated to assisting their clients with getting the justice they deserve after being hurt due to another party’s negligence. Call us now at 440-332-7189.

Paulozzi LPA
440-332-7189

600 East Granger Road, Suite 200
Brooklyn Heights
OH
44131
21380 Lorain Road, Suite 202A
Fairview Park
OH
44126
943 1/2 Main Street, Suite 3
Grafton
OH
44044
1655 West Market Street, Suite 445B
Akron
OH
44313
1093 Fishinger Road, Suite 2
Columbus
OH
43221

In any personal injury claim, a plaintiff must establish the existence and extent of their injuries. This is typically accomplished through production of medical records and expert testimony. Defendants, though, are permitted to challenge the plaintiff’s medical evidence.

When defendants want to challenge or test the extent of a plaintiff’s injuries, an independent medical exam (IME) may be requested.

Undergoing an IME

An IME is a medical examination performed by an “independent” physician. The physician is tasked with examining an injured party and assessing the cause and extent of the party’s injuries. Defendant insurance companies typically request an IME of injured plaintiffs.

In practice, an IME should be similar to a physical examination from your own physician.

IME Concerns

Your attorney may recommend that he be present for your IME. An IME, even if conducted by a truly independent physician, is a defense tactic intended to undermine the credibility of the plaintiff’s treating physician. For this reason, having counsel present can help ensure that all examination techniques and conclusions meet appropriate standards.

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