Over the last several years, there has been an increase in the number of requests for Psychiatric Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) in Los Angeles. For a variety of situations, a board certified psychiatrist evaluates the psychiatric condition of an individual in the past and/or present. Elements of a psychiatric IME (often referred to as Psych IME) vary from case to case and depend on what questions the defense is attempting to answer. A psychiatrists will use their skills, experience and sometimes diagnostic studies (such as psychological tests) to make a formal diagnosis, render an expert opinion as to the causation of the problems, determine the need for treatment and/or recommendation treatment. During a psychiatric IME, the psychiatrist will spend time one-on-one with the person, obtaining a relevant history, review records, test results, sometimes question collateral informants and synthesize all of this information to arrive at a diagnosis and conclusions. The result is an expert medical opinion, reached with a reasonable medical probability.
California Medical Evaluators has several board certified psychiatrist in the greater Los Angeles area that have the training and expertise to evaluate and report on a wide variety of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to; major depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse disorders, opiate and opioid addiction, alcohol dependence, marijuana dependence, benzodiazepine (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin) dependence, stimulant (Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Methamphetamine) dependence, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Our Psychiatrists have been trained at top universities and have several years of experience conducting Psych IMEs, AMEs and PQMEs in Los Angeles.