Workers’ comp laws allow employees to receive compensation for their injuries if they have been involved in a workplace accident or have sustained work-related injuries. However, one of the most complicated concepts in a workers’ comp case is Maximum Medical Improvement or MMI. Talk to a lawyer today to learn more about your workers’ comp claim and the concept of MMI.
What is a maximum medical improvement?
In simple terms, Maximum Medical improvement, or MMI, means that you have reached a point where there is nothing more your doctor can do for you. Medical treatment can not help you improve further once you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement. This could either mean that you have recovered fully from your injury, or it could mean that your disability will continue at about the same level of intensity.
Suppose your doctor has announced Maximum Medical Improvement, but you disagree and feel like you can still improve with the help of medical treatments. In that case, you have legal options available for you. You may choose to file a dispute with the help of your lawyer. In any case, it is always better to consult your lawyer before you make any decisions so that they can provide a professional second opinion.
What happens after reaching Maximum Medical Improvement?
Even after reaching Maximum Medical Improvement, you may still be eligible for certain benefits, such as:
- Lost wages
- Permanent total disability
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lump sum settlements
- Compensation based on the percentage of permanent partial disability
The process of obtaining permanent partial disability
You can apply for a Permanent Partial Disability award if you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement. If you choose to undergo a Permanent Partial Disability award, there are some procedures you would need to follow under your state’s laws. An experienced lawyer can help guide you through all the necessary legal proceedings. Your permanent partial disability will be based on the impairment rating assigned to you by the examiner, and you will have around 20 days to object to this rating. The time limitation for the objection can also vary based on state laws, so consult your lawyer to avoid any mistakes.
Talk to an attorney today.
If you have been involved in a work-related accident, you may have many questions about your claim and the legal procedures involved. Reach out to an experienced workers’ comp attorney today and get professional legal help with your workers’ comp claim.