When a person gets into an accident that causes them to become injured due to the negligence of another party, they may want to bring a lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit can allow you to collect damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you are bringing a lawsuit against a negligent party, you should be aware of the different steps that need to be taken in order to have a successful suit. One of these steps includes the submission to an independent medical examination, also known as defense examinations, because they are medical examinations administered by a doctor who represents the party you are bringing a lawsuit against.
It is crucial that when you go to your appointment for an independent medical examination, you tell the whole truth, regarding your injuries. The doctor who is conducting your examination will know if you are exaggerating your injuries in any way. If you have injuries that existed prior to the accident, it is important that you do not claim that they are related to the accident. If you lie about your injuries, it comes across as though you are simply trying to gain additional compensation from the accident. This can ultimately have a negative impact on your lawsuit and the doctor can argue that you weren’t truthful about your injuries.
If you have questions regarding how you should handle an independent medical examination in a personal injury case, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can assist you.