About Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs)
For vehicle accident disputes, the CRT may appoint an expert to conduct an Independent Medical Examination (IME).
The expert is an Independent Health Professional (IHP) who gives an opinion about the injuries. This might include the nature and extent of the injuries, diagnosis, and expected recovery.
This is an overview. If you have questions, please contact us with the subject line Attention: IME.
To ask the CRT to order an IME:
- Once your dispute has been assigned to a CRT Case Manager, you may ask the Case Manager for an IME Request form (any applicant, respondent or representative participating in the CRT claim can request it).
- Submit an IME Request form and medical evidence. On the form, you must say who you think should pay for the IME and why.
- The CRT will send the IME Request form and the medical evidence to the other participants in the dispute.
- The other participants will respond to the request, say who should pay for it, and submit any medical evidence they have about the injuries.
- A tribunal member will review the request, response, and evidence. They will decide whether to order an IME and who will pay for it.
- If the tribunal member orders an IME, the CRT will send all relevant medical evidence to an IHP. The IHP will review the evidence and write a report. In some cases, they might conduct an in-person examination.
- The IHP will send their report to the CRT. The dispute participants will receive a copy.
- During the decision process, the participants can submit written arguments about the IME.
If a tribunal member needs an IME before making a final decision:
- The CRT will ask the participants to say who they think should pay for the IME and why. A tribunal member will review the responses and decide who will pay for it.
- The CRT will send all relevant medical evidence in the CRT claim to an IHP. The IHP will review the evidence and write a report. In some cases, they might conduct an in-person examination.
- The IHP will send their report to the CRT. The dispute participants will receive a copy and have a chance to submit written arguments about it before the tribunal member makes their final decision.