How to Handle Physical and Mental Examinations

, Texas Lawyer


In personal-injury cases trial courts do not grant motions for a party to undergo a mental or physical examination as a matter of right, writes Quentin Brogdon. Instead, Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 204 gives a trial court the discretion to order an exam only if the movant shows good cause and demonstrates that the other party's mental or physical condition is in controversy.

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