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Physical examination demand in California

A physical examination demand in California is the topic of this blog post.

A physical examination demand in California is served by a defendant on the plaintiff in a personal injury case.

A physical examination demand in California can be served on the plaintiff as soon as the defendant has been served with the summons and complaint.  A physical examination demand in California is an excellent tool that allows the defendant to have a licensed physician of their choosing conduct a physical examination of the plaintiff to determine if they have suffered personal injuries as alleged in their complaint.

Law authorizing a physical examination demand in California.

A physical examination demand in California is authorized by the provisions of Code of Civil Procedure section 2032.220 whenever a plaintiff has alleged suffering personal injuries in a complaint.

Code of Civil Procedure § 2032.220 states that,

“(a) In any case in which a plaintiff is seeking recovery for personal injuries, any defendant may demand one physical examination of the plaintiff, if both of the following conditions are satisfied:

(1) The examination does not include any diagnostic test or procedure that is painful, protracted, or intrusive.

(2) The examination is conducted at a location within 75 miles of the residence of the examinee.

(b) A defendant may make a demand under this article without leave of court after that defendant has been served or has appeared in the action, whichever occurs first.

(c) A demand under subdivision (a) shall specify the time, place, manner, conditions, scope, and nature of the examination, as well as the identity and the specialty, if any, of the physician who will perform the examination.

(d) A physical examination demanded under subdivision (a) shall be scheduled for a date that is at least 30 days after service of the demand. On motion of the party demanding the examination, the court may shorten this time.

(e) The defendant shall serve a copy of the demand under subdivision (a) on the plaintiff and on all other parties who have appeared in the action.

Deadline to respond to a physical examination demand in California.

The plaintiff must respond to the physical examination demand within 20 days after service (25 days if the demand is served by mail) pursuant to the provisions of Code of Civil Procedure § 2032.230 which states that,

“(a) The plaintiff to whom a demand for a physical examination under this article is directed shall respond to the demand by a written statement that the examinee will comply with the demand as stated, will comply with the demand as specifically modified by the plaintiff, or will refuse, for reasons specified in the response, to submit to the demanded physical examination.

(b) Within 20 days after service of the demand the plaintiff to whom the demand is directed shall serve the original of the response to it on the defendant making the demand, and a copy of the response on all other parties who have appeared in the action.”

Sample physical examination demand in California available in Microsoft Word format.

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DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the author of this blog post, Stan Burman is NOT an attorney and as such is unable to provide any specific legal advice. The author is NOT engaged in providing any legal, financial, or other professional services, and any information contained in this blog post is NOT intended to constitute legal advice.

The materials and information contained in this blog post have been prepared by Stan Burman for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Transmission of the information contained in this blog post is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, any business relationship between the author and any readers. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel.

 

 

 

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