Recording defense medical examinations (DMEs) and having non-parties present during your claim can be beneficial to your case. However, it is important to familiarize yourself with the legal aspects of doing so before you proceed. This blog post will provide guidance on how to go about recording DMEs and having non-parties present in order to make sure your rights are protected.
The purpose of a DME is to allow the defense’s doctor to examine you and collect information that will help them make a determination as to whether or not they should settle or litigate the case. Generally speaking, it is not legal for either party in the case (or their attorneys) to record a DME without permission from all parties involved. However, if both parties agree, then it can be done legally. It is important that both parties sign a paper stating that they have agreed on the recording of the examination.
Having third parties present during your claim can also be beneficial for your case. Third parties can provide additional insight into what happened leading up to and following the injury, as well as provide testimony in support of your claims during court proceedings. However, not just anyone can be present; only those who are directly connected to the injury or are key witnesses may be allowed into the examining room with you. This means family members, friends or colleagues cannot accompany you unless they have something relevant to contribute regarding your claim. It is important that any non-party who wishes to observe an examination must first get approval from all parties involved in the case prior to attending.
Recording defense medical examinations and having non-parties present during your claim process can add value and validity to your case but it's important that all steps are taken in accordance with local laws and regulations in order for it not become an issue later down the line. If you have questions about recording DMEs or having non-parties present during your claim process, contact Adam Ross Littman's Law Firm today for more guidance on this matter. Our team of experienced attorneys will work with you every step of the way so that you get justice for any injuries you sustained due to negligence or malicious intent.