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Understanding Maximum Medical Improvement

Counsel from a Proven Glendale Workers' Comp Lawyer

Maximum medical improvement, or MMI, is an important concept for those receiving workers' compensation benefits. Simply put, MMI is the point at which doctors determine the patient has recovered as much as they can and do not foresee the patient getting any better. Usually this puts both patient and the workers' comp provider at a turning point in the claim—and conflicting interests have been known to clash.

At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we understand the uncertainty and concern injured workers can have when it comes time to declare MMI and always act to protect their long-term interests and well-being. Whether you need to release your employer from your workers' compensation claim or fight your workers' comp provider for the appropriate, continuing benefits, our team can ensure that your goals are aggressively and competently pursued.

Want to learn more? Contact us at 818.946.0608 today.

“What happens when I reach MMI?”

The reason why MMI can become such a contentious issue in a workers' compensation claim is because it is the point at which it can be determined that the workers' compensation provider should provide long-term benefits to the claimant. The provider may want to challenge the MMI determination in order reduce or eliminate that possibility. If your workers' compensation doctor declares MMI, it is important to secure documentation of their findings. The workers' compensation provider will also be notified and either decide to further provide benefits, or seek another opinion.

Continuing workers' compensation benefits after MMI can include:

  • Percentage of (or total) permanent disability
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • A lump sum settlement

If you have reached MMI and are experiencing resistance from your workers' compensation provider, then the time to seek legal counsel is now. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, a dedicated and board certified Glendale workers' comp attorney is ready to ensure that you and your claim receive every consideration your deserve.

Contact a Glendale workers' compensation lawyer today to start exploring your options with a free case evaluation.