What could make more sense? Parties to litigation cannot agree on the extent of a claimant’s injuries from an automobile accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice or workplace accident, so an independent physician is asked to prepare an evaluation. It sounds like a good idea and it could have been. The problem is that insurance companies began hiring their own doctors to prepare the evaluation. They called it an “independent medical examination” (IME), but it was neither independent nor a real medical examination.