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The appointment

An appointment for an independent medical assessment can be arranged by your insurer, employer, lawyer or treating doctor. The assessment may take place at mlcoa consulting suites, or in a specialist’s own consulting rooms.

Independent medical assessments:

  • Usually take up to an hour
    For people with complex medical histories, multiple conditions or neuropsychological conditions, the assessment may take longer (you will be advised if this is the case). As with any important appointment, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.
  • Include an interview and a medical history
    You will be asked about your medical and work history, accident or illness circumstances, your treatment and how the injury or condition affects you. The questions may be wide-ranging and not just about the body part that has been injured or is ill.
  • Will include a physical examination, for physical conditions
    The specialist will examine the injured parts of your body and possibly other parts of your body as well. The assessment may involve measuring height and weight and the movement of various joints and reflexes.
  • Will include an examination of relevant medical records
    This may include an examination of your x-rays, imaging studies and other test results, as applicable to the assessment.

Learn more about what happens next after the independent medical assessment is completed.

If you would like a chaperone present during your appointment, one of our trained client service officers will be made available to you on your request. The specialist may also involve a chaperone, especially during the examination phase.

Please see our commonly asked questions section for more information about what to expect and how to prepare for an independent medical assessment.

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