Inland Medical Evaluations

Nothing but respect.

Your claim is a personal matter and we want you to know that an independent medical exam can be respectful, non-confrontational, and professional. In fact, we know a better IME report is guaranteed all around when everyone is at ease. We encourage you to read through all of the Frequently Asked Questions below for the best understanding of the IME process, and we are happy to answer your calls.

Si necesita un intérprete, hemos organizado uno para su examen. El o ella podrá traducir cualquier documentación y estará allí durante todo el examen.


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What is an IME and why have I been scheduled for one?

What should I bring, and who can come with me?

What should I expect as part of the exam?

English is my second language. Will I have an interpreter there?

How long does an IME typically take?

When will my exam be complete?

How can I request a copy of my exam?

Does the doctor have my medical file?

If my IME was scheduled by my claims manager, how do I know Inland Medical provides an independent opinion?

I am unable to make my appointment. How can I reschedule my exam?

 

What is an IME and why have I been scheduled for one?

An Independent Medical Exam (IME) is an unbiased, detailed evaluation of your medical history and physical capabilities related to your injury.  IMEs are performed and written by specialist physicians unrelated to your claim so they can provide an objective second opinion. Your claims manager may have scheduled you for an IME to assess your treatment or proposed surgery, to clear up diagnoses related to your claim, or to understand how your condition is affecting your return to work.

 

What should I bring, and who can come with me?

The physician(s) scheduled will have your medical file pertaining to your claim. However, if you have undergone any studies (x-ray, MRI, EMG, et cetera) in the last month, please arrange to bring a copy of those studies with you to ensure they are included in the exam. Please also bring any assistive devices that you use on a regular basis.  We provide an examination gown but you may want to bring a pair of loose shorts to wear during the exam. If you would like to complete paperwork ahead of time, you can review and print it here.

Please feel welcome to bring a friend or relative with you to your examination. This person may accompany you in the exam room for all exams except psychiatric exams. We ask that you do not bring children as they are not allowed in the exam room and we cannot provide childcare service. If you must bring children to attend your appointment, please bring someone to watch them during your exam.

 

What should I expect as part of the exam?

At check-in, we will ask you to fill out a form regarding your injury and past treatment if you haven’t already received it via mail. We will also ask you to review and sign our HIPAA form.

The first portion of the exam is actually conversation. To ensure they have a firm understanding of your history, the physician or physician panel will discuss the records of your case with you, including any major treatment or surgery. Following the discussion is the physical portion of your evaluation, which will include doing various movements and having measurements taken. Not to worry -- this will not include any injections or needles!

You may bring a family member or friend into the exam, unless it is a psychiatric exam.

 

English is my second language. Will I have an interpreter there?

Your claims manager notifies us at time of scheduling if an interpreter is needed, and we make arrangements to provide certified, accurate translators for your exam. The translator will accompany you from check-in, through the exam, and through any post-exam conversations. 

Si necesita un intérprete, hemos organizado uno para su examen. El o ella podrá traducir cualquier documentación y estará allí durante todo el examen.

 

How long does an IME typically take?

Overall, we ask that you plan for an hour and a half, though you may be done sooner. Depending on the size of your medical records, the history portion of the exam may take 20 to 60 minutes. The physical portion of your evaluation itself may only take 15 to 20 minutes as the physicians are evaluating you for conditions specific to your claim, not a general medical exam. If the physicians feel that tests or imaging are needed, our office staff will help you arrange an appointment at a later date to complete those tests.

Psychiatric evaluations do not include a physical and take about and hour and a half.

 

When will my exam be complete?

Typically, a complete report is sent to your claims manager within two weeks of your exam date. If further testing is scheduled at the time of your IME, please be aware it may take more time to complete the report following those results.

 

How can I request a copy of my exam?

We cannot directly provide a copy of the exam to you. Requests should be made in writing to your claims manager. If you are legally represented, the letter may be written by your attorney. Your attending provider typically receives a copy of the report for review and may be able to discuss findings with you.

 

Does the doctor have my medical file?

Yes. All IME physicians receive medical documents related to your claim for review. This will include notes from your attending provider, any studies (x-ray, MRI, EMG), any surgeries, and any other treatment notes, such as physical therapy.

 

If my IME was scheduled by my claims manager, how do I know Inland Medical provides an independent opinion?

Simply put, we know our work needs to stand up on its own, and we believe in providing the most objective, evidence-based report we can to assist in resolving your claim. Our physicians are respected specialists in their medical fields and they are very familiar with the language and accuracy needed by attorneys if legal issues arise. They consider you, and your medical records, and form an opinion based on those sources that is wholly their own, no one else's.

 

I am unable to make my appointment. How can I reschedule my exam?

Inland Medical cannot reschedule an exam on your behalf without permission from your claims manager. Please notify your claims manager as soon as possible if you are unable to attend the exam as scheduled. The Department of Labor and Industries may offer reimbursement for time missed from work, and information can be found here.