When you are involved in an auto accident, and your lawyer files a lawsuit for damage awards, the lawyer will be seeking monetary damage compensation for the injuries you received. Insurance companies will hire their own attorney who may ask for an independent medical examination. When that happens, you will be given the date and time for this examination, and you will face questions about the accident. Naturally, you must be very careful in answering the medical questions, and your lawyer will prepare you for this independent medical examination.
Be Brief In Answering Questions
You have a right to have a witness attend the examination, but the witness must be a relative. Try to steer clear of long and extensive answers. Your lawyer will advise you to be brief in your responses and answer yes and no to questions. If you elaborate in giving answers, you leave yourself subject to being asked to clarify your statements.
Speak The Truth About Your Pain And Suffering
Definitely get your point across about the degree of pain and suffering that you are experiencing. Even if you think the physician questioning you is being provocative in questioning you, remember to be cooperative and polite while telling the truth of what happened to you on the day of the accident. Your statement may be recorded, and this serves to your advantage since your desire is to tell the truth and have it recorded as you present the facts.
Actual Physical Examination By A Physician
In some cases, insurance company lawyers may request that you undergo an actual physical examination conducted by a physician. They might even ask that you be examined by a psychologist. Their intent is to have impartial medical information about your accident and injuries, and they have a legal right to do so even if you find the ordeal to be offensive.
Just Give The Facts Only
Just cooperate without ever losing your credibility. Do not become agitated. A cool answer that is factual rather than exaggerated tells the questioner that you are there only to tell the truth. That influences the insurance lawyer or physician to move on to the next question or end the questioning.
Keep An Appointment With Your Lawyer A Day Prior To The Examination
Before the day of the examination, your attorney will meet with you to review all of your previous medical records as well as the history of your current illness caused by the accident. Meeting with your lawyer allows you to go over the type of questions that you may be asked under examination. This meeting with your lawyer helps you to prevent lapses in your memory that could occur. Try not to be nervous, and you'll get through the independent medical examination just fine.
To learn more, contact a company like UMC Medical Consultants, P.C.