IME (Independent medical examination)
Workmans Compensation Evaluations
Chicago Dizziness and Hearing is no longer accepting new IMEs or Workman's compensation evaluations.
We stopped accepting patients for purely medicolegal consultations (i.e. IME's), or with a very high likelihood of eventual medicolegal activities (i.e. Workman's compensation patients), because of a recent surge in demands for trial testimony. Recently, attorneys have been insisting, and using subpoenas, to force us to testify in court, rather than taking a deposition in our office.
Unfortunately, trial testimony, which requires one to devote at least a half-day to attending court, is exceedingly disruptive to the normal operation of our practice, which mainly serves patients who have no legal endeavors. We have decided that we cannot do both well, and have stopped accepting these types of patients.