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IME – Defendants Dirty Little Secret

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Anyone who has practiced in the personal injury area know that so called “independent medical exams” often ordered in car wreck cases are anything but independent. The proper term should be “defendant medical exam.” This is to be expected by third party insurance companies, but what do you do when your UM requests that you attend a so called IME.

The answer is you go, but the uninsured motorist carrier should be aware that it risks bad faith if they hire, rely and base their evaluation on these doctors who testify soley for the defense and knowingly render opinions to help defendants, not the injured person. So beware and have counsel present if your UM carrier asks you to attend an IME.