If you wish, a family member or support person is usually permitted to accompany you during your assessment at the examining doctor’s discretion. An accompanying person ought to refrain from answering questions on behalf of the person being examined unless the doctor conducting the examination seeks separate clarification.
Children and babies should be left at home or minded by an accompanying person. The examination cannot be conducted with minors and small children in the examination room and our office staff cannot mind children for you during your appointment.
The questions and examination will usually be completed within 60-90 minutes. Before the doctor conducts your assessment, you will be asked to complete some forms that are a part of your assessment which will take about 15 minutes.
You should contact the person organising your assessment if you need to reschedule your appointment.
If you are running late for your appointment please ring our office to determine if your appointment needs to be rescheduled to a different day.
During the examination you may be asked to remove some of your clothing, as a result you should wear loose clothing that is easily removed.
You should bring a complete list including doses of your current medications.
You may bring your own notes and records to refer to during the assessment.
You should bring a source of photo identification, such as a driving licence to confirm your identity.
The final cost of an Expert’s report will usually depend upon the time taken by the Expert to prepare their report, the complexity and quantity of the medical evidence, and the nature of the litigation for which the report is being prepared. As a result, a quotation can only be given on a case-by-case basis.
Before a report is finalised Index Medicolegal reports undergo a thorough QA process, including being proofread by experienced legal and medical practitioners to ensure the utmost quality standards are met.
Generally, Index Medicolegal does not defer a fee pending settlement of a claim. We normally require payment in full for a report before it is released to the instructing party. Index Medicolegal do work with several litigation funders and will accept payment from such agencies.
This will depend upon the nature of the teleconferencing and whether the Expert has been required to consider significant medical material prior to the teleconference.