A federal judge has ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers have the right tobe present during independent medical examinations of their clients because they deservelegal representation when they are expected to answer a slew of questions from a trainedrepresentative of the opposing side.

“Although, in theory, an IME is to be scientific rather thanadversarial, experience suggests that it is often the latter,” U.S. District Judge AnitaB. Brody wrote in a three-page memorandum in Gensbauer v. The May Co.

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