Independent Medical Exam (IME) Services

Updated 5/18/2021
Independent Medical Exam, IME, Univeristy Foot and Ankle Institute Los Angeles

What is an Independent Medical Exam?

An independent medical examination (IME) is a comprehensive medical evaluation performed to assist a legal team in addressing issues of liability, including worker’s compensation claims and claims of negligence.

 

The nationally recognized foot and ankle experts at University Foot and Ankle Institute (UFAI) are board-certified practitioners of podiatric medicine and have decades of experience evaluating the extent of injuries and the occupational functionality of the foot and ankle.

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What is the Purpose of an Independent Medical Exam? 

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An Independent Medical Exam (also called an "IME") is often needed to obtain an objective medical opinion from a licensed physician who has no previous doctor-patient relationship with the individual in question. Sometimes an IME may be requested by an employer, an insurance company, or an attorney to determine the cause and extent of a work-related injury in order to aid in conflict resolution.

 

What Can the Patient Expect During an Independent Medical Exam?

During an IME, the consulting physician will examine the individual and conduct a thorough review of medical records. This process will enable the doctor to make a prognosis, clarify the cause of an injury, and assess the capacity to work. Even though we may be hired by one party to a legal proceeding, we will always be fair and truthful. We are not a "hired gun" for whoever is going to pay us, that is not how we operate. We truly strive to be exactly what IME stands for, and unbiased and hones Independent Medical Exam.

 

Why Engage University Foot & Ankle Institute to Perform an IME?

If you are looking for the most comprehensive and honest podiatric specialists to serve as medical expert witnesses in administrative and legal proceedings, then you probably want to talk with us. We provide in-depth, fair, and honest written reports, case reviews, depositions, and courtroom testimony. We strive to provide legal teams with cost-effective and 100% trustworthy expertise in the assessment of the work-related foot and ankle injuries.

 

For more information or to talk with us about an independent medical exam, please click here and complete our IME information form and we will get back to you promptly.

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