An independent medical examination (IME) occurs when a medical professional who has not previously been involved in a person’s care examines an individual.
IMEs may be conducted to determine the cause, extent and medical treatment of a work-related or other injury where liability is at issue; whether an individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment; and whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment. An IME may be conducted by the client to obtain an independent opinion of the clinical status of the individual. Should the doctor/therapist performing the IME conclude that a patient’s medical condition is not related to military service, the Veterans Administration may deny the claim and refuse payment.
Federal laws are complex when it comes to veterans disability and every independent medical evaluator works differently. We ensure the medical evaluators provide consistent and legally understandable submissions to the VA on the clients behalf. Consultants for Vets schedules the exams, sends out appointment letters, follows up with the doctors, proof read the reports for any errors or missed information, and finally, send out the reports to all parties. We will try to schedule an exam within close range of the claimant, but in some cases, a specific type of doctor may not be available that close, so we will schedule the appropriate doctor outside of that close range.