Independent Medical Examinations


Eugene A. Bonaroti, MD FACS offers Independent Medical Examination services on a consulting basis to the Pittsburgh and Greensburg areas. Please contact our offices to learn more.

To get started, please contact our office at (412) 275-0227 or submit an online appointment request form.

FAQs on Consulting & Surgical Services:

What is an Independent Medical Examination?

An independent medical examination is a medical exam carried out to help answer specific legal or administrative questions. These types of examinations are often helpful in cases of the following:

  • a disability claim
  • workers' compensation
  • a personal injury lawsuit (tort claim)
  • impaired professionals program
  • sexual harassment in the workplace

Why Exactly is an Independent Medical Examination Helpful?

Independent medical examinations can be helpful for a number of reasons. They may: 

  • determine the cause, extent and medical treatment of a work-related or other injury 
  • answer whether or not an individual has fully benefited from a particular line of care
  • whether any permanent impairment remains after treatment.

What Happens During An Independent Medical Examination?

During the examination, the examiner will review key information regarding your health and injury. You can expect questions about: 

  • how your injury happened
  • what your relevant medical history is
  • what, if any, treatments have been prescribed and received so far

In addition to these questions, the examiner may conduct a physical exam and tests meant to evaluate your health, range of motion, and other focus areas relevant to the case/claim.

What Needs to be Provided Prior to Examination?

Before meeting with the examiner, key medical records and any other documents relevant to the situation (i.e. an injury report, prior statements, etc.) will be sent to the IME doctor. You may be asked to assist in the gathering of this information. The doctor will decide whether to review the documents before or after the examination.

Does an Independent Medical Examination Accept My Healthcare Overall?

No. An independent medical examination does not establish a “true” doctor/therapist-patient relationship. The examiner's primary goal is to provide an unbiased opinion on an individual’s health overall. This is important to consider while seeking care overall. Additionally, it is important to note that information provided to an independent medical examiner is not private and privileged.

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