Impartial medical exam v. independent medical exam (IME)

Find out the difference between and impartial medical exam independent medical exam and insurance medical exam.

The difference

In an independent medical exam (IME), one party, frequently the insurer, pays a fee for your services. An Impartial Physician has no relationship with, nor allegiance to, either party. The DIA retains you to serve as the judge's medical expert. You are neutral to the parties' dispute. Your report goes into evidence. The Supreme Judicial Court has said that the examiner, "…as to the prescribed medical issues, stands in the position of a master or arbitrator who has considered medical evidence from both parties and whose determination of the medical issues the administrative judge reviews…" at hearing. O'Brien's Case 424 Mass. 16, 23 (1996).

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