While pursuing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs, you may hear the term “Independent Medical Examination”, also known as an “IME”. An IME is a written report completed by an independent physician or psychologist. If an IME is needed, your disability will determine what type of IME is necessary. For example: If you have a back related disability, you may have to have an IME by a medical doctor. If you have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, you may have to have an IME by a psychologist or psychiatrist.
An IME is usually needed in cases where the Veteran is required to provide “New and Material Evidence” to support a claim or to refute an unfavorable report provided to the VA by another physician, psychiatrist or psychologist. However, if neither of these issues is present with your case, an IME may not be necessary. If Jan Dils’ Office is representing the Veteran, an attorney will determine if an IME is needed based on the specific issues and evidence contained in their file.
If an IME is warranted, there is a cost to the Veteran for this material. The cost of an IME can vary from a few hundred dollars to several hundred dollars. The common charge our office has seen is between $200.00 and $500.00. If you are represented by Jan Dils’ Office, the firm will pay the physician or psychologist directly, then require the client to reimburse the firm once the claim is settled.