Information for IME Patients
Dr. Zunkeler and his staff look forward to welcoming you to our office. Please call us before your appointment to confirm. If you have a printer, please print and fill out the pre-visit paperwork and bring it with you. Otherwise, be at our office at least 30 – 60 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out the forms. Please bring a list of your current medications. Please do not wear strong perfumes. Please wear loose-fitting clothing about your arms and legs that can easily be pulled up to allow sensory testing. Also, please wear shoes that you can easily remove and put back on.
About independent medical evaluations (IMEs)
- History of the presenting problems and a general medical history.
- General Exam (vital signs, general appearance, heart, lungs, circulation etc.)
- Neurological exam (brain function, cranial nerves, motor and sensory examination, examination of coordination and gait etc.).
- Spinal examination (range of motion, posture, spinal balance, muscular development, pain location etc).
- Review of available diagnostic studies (X-Rays, MRIs, EMGs, laboratory, etc).
- Government picture ID (i.e. drivers license)
- All relevant diagnostic imaging studies (i.e. MRI films or CDs, X-ray films, any other films or report that Dr. Zunkeler needs to review for your evaluation)
- List of all current medications (if in doubt, bring the medication bottles in a plastic bag)
Patients are sometimes, but not always, represented by an attorney. If patients are represented by an attorney, the attorney will obtain the IME report from the third party that requested the IME. If patients are not represented by an attorney, patients can usually obtain the IME report from the third-party IME requestor. Upon written request, our office will release the IME report to a patient who is not represented by an attorney when the patient is unable obtain the IME report through the third-party IME requestor.
We generally do not release the IME report directly to third parties, i.e. governmental administrative bodies (courts, Social Security Administration, police investigators, etc.), unless we are compelled to do so by subpoena or under other special circumstances, which are described in our Privacy Practices.