When your client is subject to a defense medical exam, the Response or Objection letter is an important part of the process of a successful DME. Key elements in the letter can help to protect your client and their case, and if they are not in that initial letter, your client’s case could be at stake.
If English isn’t your client’s first language, an interpreter is essential to a successful defense medical exam. Why? Because key details could be literally lost in the client’s translation unless a professional is available to assist them. And that request for a professional may be denied—or slow the scheduling of the DME—unless it’s requested in the original letter.
There are times when a doctor may drift into a line of questioning that is off-topic and begins to examine the mental state of the client rather than the physical injuries sustained. This is why it is essential to include a stipulation that prohibits this line of questioning.
Chaperones are thought to be most helpful for female clients that may not be comfortable being examined by a male doctor. Because a chaperone could be considered a witness to the exam, it’s important to determine if the chaperone is necessary, and if they are, that their presence is expressly noted in the letter.
How Nutris Can Help
In addition to providing guidance to your Response or Objection Letter, Nutris legal nurse consultants also provide exceptional service before, during, and after the DME. Our work starts the minute you pick up the phone and call us. We immediately go to work getting your client prepared for the exam by ensuring they:
- understand the DME process
- arrange for transportation, interpretation, and/or chaperones
- advocate for clients during the exam
- ensure that the client has left the property after the exam has ended
- provide a detailed healthcare professional summary along with an audio recording of the exam