An independent medical examination occurs when a doctor has not previously been involved in a person's care examines an individual.

The purpose of the evaluation is for the physician to assess your medical symptoms related to your accident, injury, or illness. The doctor will evaluate your ability to function and respond physically and/or mentally to various tasks. They may make recommendations or restrictions on your ability to perform daily activities at home, work, and in recreation.

The examining physician will conduct the exam objectively and with respect for all parties involved. The examiner will conduct routine procedures such as confirming your identity, stating the party that requested the IME, and they will explain the procedures and reporting that will occur during the exam. The examiner will also be able to answer any questions you have before and during the medical exam.