Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)

Neuropsychological and Psychological evaluations undertaken to offer an objective opinion on a person’s cognitive and emotional functioning when health benefits, short-term, long-term or permanent disability issues, and/or return to work options are requested by a third party, such as an insurance company, rehabilitation firm, or lawyer.

An independent medical examination (IME) is conducted by a health professional, who has not previously been involved in a person’s care. There is no previous doctor-therapist-patient relationship.

Why are IMEs conducted?

IMEs may be conducted to determine the following:

  • Independent and impartial opinion of clinical status of an individual
  • Cause, extent, and necessary medical treatment of an injury, when liability is an issue
  • If a medical condition is related to a compensable event (or accident)
  • If maximum benefit from treatment has been reached
  • If there is ongoing or permanent impairment that is present after treatment
  • Ability to engage in employment, education, or training
  • Ability to engage in activities of daily living

Qualifications for Independent Medical Examinations:

Dr. Gagnon is a Senior Analyst and Diplomate with the American Board of Disability Analysts, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Dr. Gagnon is certified for the AMA Guides, 4th and 6th editions and has successfully completed the CSME-CAPDA C-CAT (MB) and CMLE certifications for Ontario.