Q: I was hurt in an accident in the Atlanta area and I filed an injury claim. My insurer wants me to submit to an Independent Medical Exam. Must I go?
If you were hurt in an Atlanta car accident and you filed an injury claim, and your insurer wants you to submit to an Independent Medical Exam (IME), YES, you essentially must go, unless it is not included in your policy.
The purpose of the IME is so that the insurance company can get a second opinion of your personal injuries, which will help them determine the value of your Atlanta personal injury claim.
The reason you may not use your own physician is based on concerns-real or unfounded-that your own physician may give a biased opinion. Before you see your insurer's chosen physician for an Independent Medical Exam, you should speak to an Atlanta personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can best advise you on how to approach your Independent Medical Exam.
One important thing to remember for your exam is that you should be completely honest with the physician. If you exaggerate an injury, an insurer may be able to deny your injury claim altogether. If you are honest about your injuries, your Atlanta personal injury attorney can continue to work toward resolving your claim in a satisfactory manner.
In an Atlanta personal injury claim, you may be compensated for your medical expenses, any pain that you suffered, and any wages that you may have lost, among other potential damages.
Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
As the victim of a serious accident in Georgia, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn't you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a no cost consultation - 404-474-0804