How much does an Independent Medical Examination Cost?
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 10, 2011
We’ve not yet seen or heard of anyone going to an Independent Medical Examination as ordered by the DoL according to the LHWCA/DBA. There are guidelines to be followed for an Independent Medical Examination which ensure that the doctors are not insurance company regulars.
We have seen paperwork on DME’s on DBA Casualties starting at $800 and going up to $1,200 per DME.
Expensive for a single examination it would seem. Often done offsite of the Doctors regular office if they even have one.
And the ante goes up if your exercise your right to have the examination videographed. We do not mean the charges you will incur for the videographer. The added charges are more like “risk coverage” or a deterrant to keep the injured from ensuring that the examination is fair.
Your DME is much more than simply the unbiased second opinion that it is represented to be.
The DME Doctor is an expert witness for the insurance company.
They may be asked to submit to a Deposition under oath or to testify in person on behalf of the insurance company for which they will be paid even larger sums.
The IME/DME business is a very lucrative one for those Doctors who choose to do them.
The Insurance Companies can afford them.
Injured Contractors and/or their attorneys are seldom in a financial position to deal with DME’s properly.
This is why so many of you are sent to DME’s by your very own lawyers with no advocate or videographer present even though these costs are legitimate expenses which would have to be reimbursed.
This is ONE reason why the Dr Griffith’s of the DBA have been utilized repeatedly even after being exposed under oath in depositions.