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Cloutier Law Offices - Personal Injury Lawyers

Cloutier Law Offices handles personal injury cases: cases involving vehicle collisions (car and other accidents) of all kinds, premises liability cases (slip or trip and fall and other cases where a person was injured because of a dangerous condition on property), and other personal injury cases. We also handle cases that result in death (wrongful death cases), and injuries of all kinds.

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If you have been injured or lost a loved one and it may be because of someone else’s fault or negligence, seeking legal advice early on is important.

Cloutier Law Offices
17150 State Road 23
South Bend, IN 46635

Phone: 574-271-4435 or 877-306-HELP (4357)
Fax: 574-271-1899

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PERSONAL INJURY 101: What is an Independent Medical Exam?

An Independent Medical Examination (IME) is a form of discovery where the defendant can have a physician other than your treating physicians examine you and report about your condition.  (Discovery is the process that allows each side to learn (discover) what witnesses, evidence, and arguments the other side will make if the case proceeds to trial.)  The Indiana Rules of Civil Procedure allow a defendant to request an IME and nominate an examiner.  Though it is called an “independent” medical examination, the defense will often try to get an examiner who they know is biased against plaintiffs, or who derives most of his or her income from testifying for defendants or insurance companies.  If the defense proposes a biased or unfair physician, we can object and the Court will have to decide whether you can be required to see the physician.  An independent medical examination is not necessarily a bad thing: often the independent examiner will agree with your physician about you injuries and condition, which will help your case.

Locations Served:
St. Joseph County, Indiana: South Bend | Mishawaka | Indian Village | Lakeville | New Carlisle | North Liberty | Osceola | Roseland | Walkerton | Georgetown | Granger | Gulivoire Park | Notre Dame | and all St. Joseph County Townships. Elkhart County, Indiana: Elkhart | Goshen | Nappanee | Bristol | Dunlap | Middlebury | Jimtown | Millersburg | New Paris | Simonton Lake | Wakarusa. Marshall County, Indiana: Plymouth | Argos | Bourbon | Bremen | Culver | La Paz | Koontz Lake. Starke County, Indiana: Knox | North Judson | Koontz Lake | Bass Lake | Hamlet. LaPorte County, Indiana: Michigan City | LaPorte | Westville | Trail Creek | Kingsford Heights | Long Beach | Michiana Shores | Trail Creek | Wanatah | Fish Lake. Kosciusko County, Indiana: Warsaw | Syracuse | Milford | North Webster | Leesburg | Etna Green | Silver Lake | Winona Lake. Fulton County, Indiana: Rochester | Fulton | Delong | Akron | Kewanna | Leiters Ford. Pulaski County, Indiana: Winamac | Francesville | Medaryville | Monterey. Jasper County, Indiana: Rensselaer | De Motte | Roselawn | Remington | Wheatfield. Porter County, Indiana: Portage | Valparaiso | Chesterton | Porter | Hebron | Kouts | Burns Harbor | Beverly Shores | Ogden Dunes.