Make IMEs Work For You, Not Against You
An IME doctor's opinions can have a strong impact on the resolution of a workers' comp or liability claim. Knowing what goes on at the IME, how to protect your client's rights and how to deal with unwanted reports or testimony can be key to winning your case. In this program, go behind the scenes of IMEs with a doctor and get the legal strategies you need to use to turn them to your advantage. Learn how to create better case outcomes for your clients - order today!
- Learn what IME doctors are looking for, the questions they'll ask and tests they'll perform.
- Spot inconsistencies and weaknesses in doctors' conclusions and opinions.
- Explore best practices for both plaintiff's and insurance defense attorneys.
- Uncover practical techniques for deposing and cross-examining IME doctors.
1:00 pm to 4:15 pm Eastern Standard Time
1:00 - 2:30, Dr. H. Peter Blumenthal
- Doctor Insights: Behind the Scenes of IMEs
- Medical Records, Injury Reports and Statements - What the Doctor Looks for
- Examinee Mistakes That Make a Bad Impression
- Questions the Medical Examiner Will Ask
- Tests and Procedures the Examiner Will Perform
- Objective and Subjective Manifestations of the Injury
- Signs of Deception and Exaggeration
- Objective Signs of Abnormal Pain Behavior
- What Goes Into the Preparation of the IME Report
- IME Reports: Spotting Red Flags
2:45 - 4:15, Paula Bovo
- Defense Perspective: Leveling the Playing Field
- Selecting a Doctor to Perform the IME
- Handling Plaintiffs' Counsel Requests and Motions for Attendance or Recording
- After the IME
- Disclosures and Responses to Discovery Requests
- The IME Doctor's Deposition
- Using the IME Report and Doctor's Testimony to Your Advantage
- Enhancing Credibility and Minimizing the Perception of Bias
- Plaintiff's Attorney Tactics: Preparing and Protecting Your Client
- Your Client's Rights
- Responding to Demands for a Physical or Mental Examination
- IME Restrictions and Prohibited Areas of Questioning
- Preparing Your Client for the IME
- Attending or Recording the IME
- Collecting Information About the Defense Medical Doctor
- Winning the Battle of the Medical Experts
- Deposing and Cross-Examining the Independent Medical Examiner
- How to Depose the IME Doctor
- Excluding Irrelevant or Prejudicial Examination Evidence
- Arguing Against Harmful Reports
- Cross-Examining the Independent Medical Examiner
- Sample Transcripts
This program is designed for attorneys. Insurance professionals and paralegals may also benefit.