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What is Maximum Medical Improvement?

Has your doctor told you that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement? If so, you may be wondering what that means and how it affects your workers' compensation benefits.

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is a term used to describe the point at which medical treatment can no longer improve the health and well-being of a patient. For example, a person who has a back injury has reached MMI if there is nothing else that can be done medically to help that person at this point in time.

A doctor makes the determination of Maximum Medical Improvement. However, the patient can contest the MMI determination if he or she disagrees with the doctor's assessment.

What does Maximum Medical Improvement have to do with workers' compensation?

When a doctor determines that a patient has reached MMI, the doctor will assign an impairment rating. Based on that rating, the patient's eligibility for future benefits will be determined. For example, if the patient is determined to be totally disabled and unable to work, he or she may be eligible for permanent total disability benefits, Social Security Disability, or other benefits. Options vary depending on the impairment rating, the patient's ability to work, and other factors.

Hiring a lawyer is advisable if you are seeking benefits

The disability rating is an important component in a workers' compensation settlement. If you have reached MMI and are concerned about the benefits that you may or may not receive, we urge you to contact one of our Colorado office.

Do you wish to contest your doctor's determination of Maximum Medical Improvement? Are you interested in working with an attorney who can help you seek workers' compensation and other benefits after your injury or disability?

Please schedule a free consultation at our office. 

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