Independent medical examiner can provide provide valuable insight and expertise in the examination of disability and injury claims for vascular surgical and medical diseases like deep venous thromboses (DVT), chronicl arm or leg swelling, lymphedema, pulmonary embolus or leg pain do to PAD. In some cases, the role of an indepent examiner may vary
Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) and Disability Evaluations
When a second opinion is required about an individual's disability, an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME) may be conducted. An IME is similar to a personal injury evaluation except it is usually conducted at the request of an insurance company or by the defendant in a litigation case. Such an evaluation may be requested for many reasons. For example, the individual may have been receiving treatment for an extended period and there is a concern that further treatment is not medically necessary, that the treatment is not effective, whether the individual requires further treatment over an extended period, or whether there are any permanent disabilities as a result of the injury. Such evaluations may also be requested when there is question of malingering on the part of the disabled individual. Given the nature of IME evaluations, the possibility of malingering should always be investigated.
- Review of relevant records and interview subject's pre- and post-injury functioning (e.g., medical and therapeutic treatment records)
- Background information / relevant history: medical history, employment history, physical trauma history
- Clinical interview(s)
- Collateral interview(s) (e.g., spouse) regarding the disabled individual's pre- and post-injury functioning
- Current clinical condition
- Trauma assessment
- Assessment of malingering*
- Summary and formulation of collected data
- Diagnostic impressions, level of impairment in relevant areas and review of factors (e.g., compliance) which may contribute to the disability
- Review of treatment, determination as to whether past treatment was sufficient, recommendations regarding further treatment and plaintiff's amenability to treatment and prognosis
- Assesssment of
* Malingering is routinely investigated by the evaluator and additional objective testing may be conducted at the discretion of the evaluator to confirm/ disconfirm a diagnosis of malingering.