I found this nugget from a hearing transcript in a brain injury truck collision case where we are trying to require the defense’s medical expert to provide a modicum of documentation regarding the amount of income he earns from insurance companies:
The Court: I think it happens more often that some firms or certain carriers have a tendency to send people to certain doctors or so called IMEs, which is can insurance medical exams. I know the term is “independent medical exams.”
There are a lot of experts on both sides of the aisle who may as well be independent medical examiners because they are honest doctors who just call it as they see it. The problem is that insurance companies – and plaintiffs’ accident injury lawyers too but I think to a less extent – frequently stick with the “known known” – as Donald Rumsfeld would say – and only use experts that are the opposite of independent.