An independent medical examination (IME) occurs when a doctor who has not previously been involved in a person’s care examines the individual. There is no doctor patient relationship. However, individuals can request their own evaluation and continue with treatment if desired.
Plastic Surgical IME’s may be conducted to substantiate the cause of the injuries, the extent of the injuries and the resultant permanent deformities. In addition to that, recommendations for possible plastic surgical reconstruction would be determined along with the cost for such including associated costs for healthcare facilities and anesthesia. Included in the evaluation would be an evaluation of the medical records and photographs. A summary would outline the permanency of injuries, whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment, the associated deformities as a result of the scarring, and the continuing need for treatments as deemed appropriate. An IME may be conducted at the behest of an employer, an insurance carrier, attorney or individual to obtain an independent opinion of the clinical status of the individual and whether and individual has reached maximum benefit from treatment.
I perform scar evaluations for attorneys, insurance companies, private individuals and the court system to provide an independent plastic surgical evaluation of the injuries and any possible reconstruction and the permanency.
I also perform evaluations and develop reports for companies such as BME Gateway, an independent firm assisting their clients with injury evaluations. I have over twenty years of experience performing evaluations and creating reports and am well experienced in the field of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.
The process begins with a detailed evaluation of the person that has been injured.
UPON COMPLETING THE EVALUATION, I PREPARE A COMPRHENSIVE REPORT WHICH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: