It is imperative that you arrive at least a half an hour before your appointment time, to allow for processing of paperwork, completion of your questionnaire and measurements of height and weight. Medilaw specialists make every effort to keep to scheduled appointment times.

Medilaw specialists make every effort to keep to scheduled appointment times. We appreciate your assistance with maintaining an on time schedule by arriving 30 minutes so please arrive in good time. If you arrive late, your appointment may be cancelled as other patients may be booked to follow you and they will equally be upset.

Prior to seeing you, the Medilaw specialist will review the existing information and reports that have been provided by the organisation that arranged your appointment.

Your independent medical examination and report will provide an impartial opinion to help determine the medical and/or rehabilitation needs for your injury. “Independent” means a report not by your treating doctor.

The consultation will usually commence with an interview and questions about the history of your condition and some more general questions about your domestic, recreational, employment and medical history. Further review of your x-rays and physical examination will then take place, depending on your condition. If you have a psychiatric condition, an interview may suffice.

The main issues asked to be addressed in an independent medical examination are:

  • Diagnosis of your condition
  • The cause of the injury or illness
  • The prognosis for the future
  • Maximum medical improvement
  • Percentage impairment rating
  • Your work capability
  • Additional assistance requirements
  • Additional treatment requirements

The examiner will ask different questions to assess these issues.

A physical examination may also be required depending upon the nature of your condition. It may be necessary for you to disrobe to your underwear. Gowns are provided. Female patients may have an adult companion with them during the examination, or they may request the presence of a female member of the Medilaw staff. Please click through to view a guide on what to bring and wear to your assessment.

On completion of the examination you are free to depart and the specialist will then prepare their report, which should be available to the referrer within three to 14 days depending on complexity of your case.

The specialist consultants who perform independent medical examinations are not in a position to provide you with guidance or treatment for your condition - this is best provided by your treating medical practitioner.

Spouses or family members must refrain from answering questions on behalf of the person being examined, and we reserve the right to conduct the assessment without spouses, family members or other support persons being present.

If an Interpreter is required, this should be pre-arranged by the person making your appointment. A relative may not always suffice. 

Please click through to learn more about what to bring and wear.

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