IME Resources and Links

Although called "independent", these medical examinations are most often obtained by the defense, with the purpose of diminishing or defeating an injured person's medical claims. Some IME doctors have reputations for telling the insurance company what it wants to hear - after all, IME work pays handsomely and some doctors want to keep the insurance company's business enough to bend the truth or misrepresent a worker's actual condition.

Independent Medical Exams

  • The Independent Medical Examination - a guide to IME's for injury litigation.

  • Info on IME Exams - Although this page's background color is red and tends to produce eye strain it has some valuable info on what to do when going for an "Independent Medical Exam" ordered by an insurer.

  • The Waddell Test - "In permanent disability from workplace injury, physical and mental factors must be considered. It was the intent of Dr. Gordon Waddell and his colleagues to distinguish and standardize 'nonorganic' physical signs that sometimes accompany low back pain."

  • Thinking of Taping your next IME? - A Practical Guide to Taping Phone Calls and In-Person Conversations in the 50 States and D.C.

  • American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) - The quality assurance organization incorporated to establish national, uniform standards of competency for physicians performing independent medical and disability examinations.

  • Medical Whores - Yup, no profession is sacred as long as there are incentives for fraud. This website addresses the issue of IME's who couldn't care less about helping people, rather are in business to make money no matter what roadkilll is left in their wake.