Frequently Asked Questions About The IME Questionnaire

May 23, 2017
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Many people aren’t aware of how extensive the IME questionnaire is. Here are some of the common questions and answers about the questionnaire:

Q.Why does the other side get a doctor to examine me? Don’t they already have my medical records?

  • Yes, they do have your medical records. However the system allows the insurance company’s lawyer to hire a doctor to examine you and write a report.

Q.Will they ask one of my treating doctors to examine me and write a report?

  • No

Q.Why not? Wouldn’t that be fair?

  • Yes, it would be fair, but insurance companies don’t stay in business by being fair.

Q. So, who will examine me?

  • The insurance company will give the defense lawyer a limited list of doctors the lawyer can use.

Q. Do I go to this doctor’s office to get examined?

  • Maybe. Sometimes it will be at the doctor’s office and sometimes it will be in a space off the highway where they can move a lot of appointments.

Q.What happens when I get there?

  • They will give you forms to fill out. They sometimes call it a questionnaire or an intake form.

Q. I just give them my name and my health insurance information?

  • No. A lot more than that.

Q. Like what?

Answers to Questions such as: 

  • Were you injured in a car accident or a workplace?
  • Were you wearing a seatbelt?
  • Did you lose time from work?
  • Were you involved in other accidents?
  • What were you doing when you were injured?
  • What is your social security number?

Q. My regular doctor never asks me questions like that. Why is this doctor asking me those questions? I don’t understand!

  • What you need to understand is that the doctor is the insurance company’s doctor. For example, there is often a question about what treatment other doctors have done for you but you are only given a one-line space for your answer.

Q. So what do I do? I spent 6 months going to therapy. I can’t write everything on one line. What do these forms look like?

  • Look at this document. This is sample **

Q. If this doctor isn’t my doctor, why does the doctor want my social security number? That line is nearly as long as the line to explain what my doctors did!

  • You do not have to give the doctor your social security number.

Q. Anything else I can leave blank?

  • Yes.

Q. Like what?

  • Come in to my office next week and we can go through it all.

 

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