O. Del  Curling, Jr., MD, MBA Independent Medical Examiner

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Specialty 1: Neurosurgery

Specialty 2: Pain Management - Medicine

Specialty Focus: Over 30 years experience performing IMEs for neurosurgical-related issues (brain, spine, and peripheral nerve injury). In addition to performing IMEs, Dr. Curling maintains an active clinical practice focused on the evaluation and non-operative management of mild brain injury (concussion, headache, post concussive syndrome), in addition to providing both interventional and non-interventional treatment of neck and back pain, nerve injuries, and other painful conditions (e.g. CRPS).

Medical School: University of Virginia

License(s): NC

Years in Practice: 30

  • 30 years performing IMEs
  • 1000+ IMEs performed
  • Deposed/Testified 50+ times

IME Certification: CIME

IME Training: SEAK and ABIME

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Dr. Curling sees a high percentage of North Carolina worker's compensation cases, but also evaluates out of state and federal W/C, as well as private disability and personal injury cases. Referrals are received from adjusters, case managers, defense or plaintiff attorneys, other physicians, or upon direct recommendation/order of the NC Industrial Commission. In addition to IMEs, other related medicolegal services are available, including review of records, surgical opinions, additional opinion on ratings, fit for duty evaluations, and attorney consultation or testimony as needed. IME scheduling requires receipt of at least a brief synopsis of the case, though review of all records is not necessary before scheduling. If Dr. Curling feels that he can assist with the case, the client/patient can usually be scheduled to be seen in the office within 3 weeks following receipt of prepayment and records. All medicolegal cases are reviewed and evaluated only by Dr. Curling (i.e., no midlevel providers are utilized for these services). If requested following review of the IME report, Dr. Curling may be available to assist with further recommended studies and/or treatment. In addition to IMEs and Comprehensive 2nd opinion evaluations, Dr. Curling also offers quick scheduling and consultation (and typically continued management/treatment thereafter) for W/C patients referred within four months of date of injury, accelerating the typically long referral process through several providers before eventually being seen for specialty evaluation.