Here are a few things to be aware of for your Personal Injury Exam in Miami Beach. After you contact your attorney you will need to choose a physician of your own choosing not where the other party wants you to be examined. This is why we are reaching out to people in need of a proper diagnosis for a personal injury in Miami and Miami Beach. We have helped 100s of people with their medical examinations and have worked with many personal injury attorneys and insurance companies. The first thing to do is make an appointment for a professional diagnosis. You will need to do this within the first few days of your accident. Whether it is a slip or fall on a property or injury at work or a car accident, take all the necessary steps asap.
1. Call attorney
2. Get examined asap
3. Get proper treatment.
Call Cafe of Life Chiropractic for an exam in our office if you can make it. We may be able to come to your home for a serious injury to your neck, spine, hip, or joints. We take care of neck injuries, whiplash, back pain, and much more.
For legal matters to be aware of check below.
An independent medical examination (IME), or compulsory medical examinations, as they are sometimes known, are fairly common in virtually all types of personal injury cases in Florida. Regardless of what type of injuries you have suffered as a result of another party’s negligence or in what context, motor vehicle accident, slip and fall incident, the parties to personal injury lawsuits in Florida have the ability to request that an opposing party undergo an examination by a physician or other healthcare professional of the requesting party’s choosing. The rationale behind this rule is that it lets the defendant and its counsel have an “objective” view as to the level of injury that the injured party has truly suffered and what the future prognosis for the injured party is in terms of both future medical care and functional outcome. Thus, it is intended to let the defense obtain what is supposed to be a realistic, truly independent picture of your situation.
Despite good intentions on the part of the drafters of Florida’s Rules of Civil Procedure (the rules that govern civil lawsuits like a personal injury lawsuit), IMEs have become simply a means for the defense to try to show the jury that an injured person’s injuries are not nearly as serious as the injured person claims. What defense lawyers and insurance companies often will do in personal injury cases is require you to go to a doctor of their choosing who they use all the time who will perform tests of their choosing, all in an effort to minimize your injuries or make it look as if you are feigning injuries or symptoms much more serious than you actually suffered. However, this often can backfire in ways the defense lawyers do not necessarily foresee given that the injured party also has rights in connection with these examinations. An experienced Florida personal injury attorney will take advantage of these traps for the unwary defense lawyer by using the IME itself against the defense to show that your injuries really are as serious as you claim they are by
Defense lawyers have a right under Florida law to have a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit undergo an IME. The defense selects the doctor that will perform the IME and requests that the injured party makes him or herself available for a series of specified tests. The injured party and his or her attorney have the ability to object to the specific tests that are being requested or to require that the examining physician complete a report detailing his or her findings after having performed an IME. The key to this process is also that the injured party’s attorney has the right to have a witness attend the IME or even to videotape the IME as it takes place and to show the jury at trial that video.
Defense lawyers can be fairly predictable when it comes to the performance of IMEs. They often have specific doctors they send all personal injury claimants to for the IMEs of the plaintiffs in personal injury cases in which they are defending. These doctors may spend more time performing these types of examinations at the request of defense lawyers and insurance companies than they do actually treating patients. Such doctors are thus dependent on insurance companies and defense firms for their income. Such doctors have every incentive to gain future business from the same referring insurance companies or defense law firms. Therefore, the Independent Medical Examination doctors are financially incentivized to make your injuries appear less serious than they actually are so that the jury awards you less money.
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