So, ICBC has asked you to go to an IME (aka Independent Medical Examination).
Translation.... they've asked you to attend an appointment with a doctor of their choosing.
What exactly is an IME ?
It's when ICBC has an injured person evaluated by a third party doctor (who's hired and paid for by ICBC) to provide a clinical evaluation.
At the IME the third party doctor will:
- ask you a wide variety of different questions;
- take a medical history from you;
- conduct an assessment/examination.
Based on all of the above,and on any medical information ICBC has provided the doctor with, the doctor will provide a report.
The doctor's report will usually contain an opinion concerning :
- the type of injuries/problems you are suffering from
- whether your injuries were caused or contributed to by your accident;
- if and when you recovered from your injuries;
- what if anything, your injuries prevent(ed) you from doing;
- the type and amount of treatment which would assist you in your recovery.
Why would ICBC send you to an IME evaluation?
It's part of their efforts to diminish and defend against your claim.
What's going to happen after ICBC gets an IME report from a doctor?
They'll use it when it comes to negotiating a settlement with you or at a trial of your case.
Want to find out more about IMEs and how ICBC may use them to defend against your injury claim?
Call me at 604-255-9018 or e-mail me at [email protected]
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