The maximum medical improvement (MMI) is the point at which you have recovered
as much as possible from your injuries. All treatment options have been
exhausted, and your doctor believes there is nothing left that can help
you recover further. This does not necessarily mean you have healed fully
from your injuries. You may still be left with residual pain or other
symptoms, but there is no medical treatment option left. Your doctor will
determine when you have reached the point of MMI.
The MMI Dictates When You Should Receive a Workers’ Comp Settlement
It is important to avoid settling your workers’ comp case until you
have reached the MMI. If you settle before you have fully recovered from
your injuries, you may be unable to pursue further compensation if the
cost of your treatment is higher than expected. Thus, it is important
to wait until your doctor has declared you have reached the MMI before
accepting a settlement. You may still receive temporary benefits in the
meantime, as well as coverage for medical bills and lost wages.
The MMI Dictates How Much You Are Entitled to for Workers’ Comp Benefits
Along with the MMI, your doctor will provide a disability rating. This
rating will help the insurance company decide how much compensation you
are entitled to, and you may receive permanent disability benefits. On
the other hand, the MMI and disability rating will let your employer know
what work restrictions you may need. If you are permanently disabled,
the insurance company will provide disability benefits through a “final
admission of liability” form.
If you have been injured at work, the process to pursue compensation can
be difficult and confusing. You have enough stress to deal with. Let our
Glendale workers’ comp attorneys handle the legal issues of your
case as you heal and move forward. Call the Law Office of Wax & Wax
today at (818) 946-0608 to receive a free consultation.