If you are involved in a personal injury case, it is possible that you may be required to undergo a Defense Medical Exam (DME), also known as an Independent Medical Exam (IME). This is an exam conducted by a doctor hired by the defense or insurance adjuster to evaluate your injuries and provide testimony in court. It is important to know how to prepare for this exam to ensure that your rights are protected and your injuries are properly evaluated.

  1. Don’t Bring Any Documents: When you attend the exam, do not bring any documents with you. It is important to be honest and transparent during the exam, and bringing documents may suggest that you are trying to hide something.
  2. Answer Honestly: It is important to answer all questions honestly during the exam. Do not exaggerate your symptoms, but also do not leave anything out. The doctor is evaluating your injuries and it is important that they have accurate information.
  3. Keep Your Answers Vague: When asked about the accident, keep your answers vague. Try to limit the facts that you give as to what happened in the accident. If any part of your body did come in contact with any part of the vehicle inside during the accident, then please tell the doctor that too.
  4. Don’t Block Yourself In: If the doctor asks you what you can do as a result of your injuries, give them a list. If the doctor asks if there is anything else, never say no. Just say that you can’t remember or can’t think of anything else at the time.
  5. Be Aware of Surveillance: The doctor or someone from their office will be watching you from the time you pull into the parking lot until you leave. They will put a report together for the defense lawyer, indicating if you had any trouble walking or any other difficulties during the exam.
  6. Be Honest and Transparent: Remember to be honest and transparent during the exam. Don’t exaggerate your symptoms, but don’t hide them either. If there is a list of things that you are asked to provide, and you can’t think of anything else, let the doctor know that’s all you can think of at the time.
  7. Don’t Fill Out Any Forms: If you are asked to complete any forms, ask for them in advance. Do not fill them out at the exam.

In conclusion, a Defense Medical Exam can be a stressful experience, but with the right preparation, you can ensure that your rights are protected and your injuries are properly evaluated. If you have any problems or concerns during the exam, do not hesitate to contact your personal injury lawyer. They are here to help you and will fight for your rights.