This squabbling over the medical health of the two leading presidential candidates got me thinking about being a personal injury lawyer.
Sound like a stretch? Give me two minutes and read on…
In the personal injury lawsuit, the victim (who this office represents) alleges that he/she was injured because of the negligence of the defendant, e.g. the defendant ran a red light and hit our client’s car and our client has been having back pain ever since.
During the lawsuit, the defendant’s insurance company will hire a doctor to examine our client. The insurance company likes to call it an IME – “independent” medical exam.
The insurance company is against our client. It has one job: to pay our client nothing or as little as possible.
How does it do this?
It hires a doctor from its list to examine our client. The doctor will usually pick one or all of the following options:
- The victim was already injured before the accident.
- The victim’s injuries are all better now.
- The victim is exaggerating the injuries.
These doctors come across very well in court. That is why the insurance companies go back to them time and again.
What if Mr. Trump hired a doctor to examine Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Clinton hired a doctor to examine Mr. Trump? And let’s agree that the examinations are called an IME– independent medical exam.
Would we expect that doctor to perform an “independent” medical examination? What are their motivations? Who is paying them? Should the doctors have to disclose their voting records?
In other words, would you really believe what the doctor says if he/she was hired by the other candidate?
That is a taste of the world of personal injury litigation!