Following your involvement in a motor vehicle collision which left you injured, you may be in a position in which you can file a personal injury claim in order to obtain compensation for your losses from the at fault party. However, when you file such a claim, the party you are filing the claim against will also be entitled to have you undergo an examination conducted by a doctor of their choosing. This is what we call a defense medical examination.
The purpose of this examination is to discover whether or not the claimant truly has sustained injuries that are as severe as they claim. The doctor conducting this examination will then write up an unbiased report which can be used by the defense to support their case. Additionally, the doctor who conducted the examination may also be asked to testify on behalf of the defense during trial, should the case be taken that far.
Will the doctor try to get results favoring the defense?
That would be illegal, so no. While the doctor will be hired by the defense, they are also still acting under the code of ethics as long as they are a practicing physician. All of their medical assessments will need to be fully unbiased and wholly objective. Whether the results will be favorable to the defense or the plaintiff will depend on the true state of the plaintiff’s physical condition. If they have been exaggerating symptoms or otherwise falsifying medical details in order to obtain a higher settlement, then the truth may come out during this defense medical examination. And it is best to be honest with your personal injury lawyer in Grand Prairie. Hiding details won’t help as the defendant’s lawyer will bring it to light and can be detrimental for your case.
Need to be honest with the defense medical examiner
It is vital that you as the plaintiff and claimant are honest with the defense medical examiner. Do not exaggerate on your symptoms, do not withhold information about your condition, and do your best to perform well on all the tests the medical practitioner asks you to undergo. You will need to treat this examination as you would any other doctor’s visit.
However, while you are undergoing the examination, it is strongly recommended that you do not bring up your claim. Do not discuss the compensation you are striving for, and do not refer to the examination as a defense medical examination. Simply be respectful and let them do their job so they can draft their report and forward their finding to the defense. This will expediate your claim and help you get justice sooner.