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Frequently Asked Questions About The IME Questionnaire

May 23, 2017
BY: Domhnall O'Cathain

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.

Domnhall O’ Cathain is part of our talented team of New Jersey personal injury lawyers. Contact us at 201-488-1161 and speak to Donny today regarding personal injury cases.