What is an independent medical examination? Does it differ under DBA, LS, and FWCA cases?
The phrase Independent Medical Examination is used in Florida Workers’ Compensation Act cases. In Longshore and Defense Base Act cases, we refer to these examinations as Defense Medical Exams. In either instance, the insurance company will select a physician of their choice and the injured employee will be required to appear before that physician for an examination. Therefore, before you go to an IME or a DME, make sure that you have retained a lawyer so that you are properly advised as to how to proceed to this examination.