Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) are often requested in Personal Injury and Workers Compensation cases. Both plaintiff and defense attorneys often request IMEs in order to help determine such things as 1) whether there is a mental health diagnosis, 2) whether the diagnosis is the result of or exacerbated by the incident in question, 3) whether they there is indication that the claimed symptoms are being feigned or exacerbated, 4) how the diagnosis impacts functioning, and 5) the person’s prognosis and future treatment needs. Dr. Giacomoni has experience conducting IMEs, particularly in cases involving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In conducting IMEs Dr. Giacomoni typically evaluates the person’s functioning before the incident, the psychological impact of the incident, the person’s present functioning, that the prognosis for future functioning including treatment needs. In so doing an examination with Dr. Giacomoni typically involves a review of available records, a clinical interview, administering psychological instruments, and contacting collateral sources.
While evaluating cases involving depression and anxiety, Dr. Giacomoni has a specialization in cases involving trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In all his cases Dr. Giacomoni addresses whether the traumatic event would reasonably result in the reported symptoms. He also address the functional impairment caused by the symptoms, and the prognosis of the symptoms. Dr. Giacomoni has experience conducting Independent Medical Examinations involving cases of: Motor vehicle accidents, clergy sexual abuse, defamation, combat trauma, and sexual assault.