Personal injury cases may require the victim to attend a number of tests including a Compulsory Medical Exam (CME) that’s typically requested by the defendant or defense attorney. The purpose of a CME is to verify the plaintiff’s injuries and is requested in situations where the defense has doubts whether the injuries sustained by the plaintiff are as severe as claimed. Moreover, it is also used to ensure the injuries reported are the result of the incident in question.
What is a Compulsory Medical Examination?
It’s an exam requested by the opposing party. Your CME doctor is designated to evaluate your condition and determine its severity. They are not responsible for administering treatment or providing recommendations.
Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.360 allows the opposing party to request a CME, however, such a request must be backed up with solid evidence. The defense can request a CME only if it has evidence that places doubt on one’s claimed condition.
The plaintiff will then be required to undergo a CME to prove the legitimacy of injuries and to verify that they are not exaggerated.
This is very important because the success of a personal injury case largely depends on the injuries suffered and the cost of damages.