Our nurses attend independent medical exams (IME). Most states allow the claimant to have a person accompany them to the exam. We function as a patient advocate, an an observer, and if needed as a fact witness.
We construct a factual written summary from the time we enter the waiting room until we leave the office. We document all conversations, tests, questions, answers and actions. We watch the physical exam to assess whether the doctor conducts the right tests and performs them correctly. We record the examination and the claimant's response. We also note the timing of events. We do not record the exam unless requested and set-up by the attorney in advance. Within a 24-48 hours of the visit, a typed summary report is sent to the attorney. This report can be used refute any inconsistencies in the IME physician’s report and help the attorney decide future strategies.
We also attend treating physician exams, second opinion exams, physician meetings, deposition preparation meetings, depositions, mediations, and trials.