What “Maximum Medical Improvement” Means
In dealing with worker’s compensation legal cases, it is important to be aware of all of the “jargon” terms that are used. This will help you keep better track of the proceedings and how you can best help yourself win the case. A good attorney will help you understand the terms of a case as well and is an invaluable tool to have when going through a worker’s compensation lawsuit.
Maximum medical improvement, or MMI, is a term that is commonly used in these kinds of cases. This refers to a state in which no more medical treatment will help the individual recover from an injury. Ideally, and in the vast majority of workplace injury circumstances, the MMI is the point in which the individual is fully healed and therefore is no longer in need of medical attention. In more extreme cases however, it is instead the point in which no more can be done for a patient and a permanent weakness or disability is the result.
In the legal world, a person’s MMI is important to know because it is also the point in which no more worker’s compensation funding is requirement. The point of worker’s comp is to cover medical expenses and therefore when the MMI is reached, the funding is of a sufficient amount. Unfortunately, many companies will try to provide less than this amount and therefore leave the injured person in a bad situation.
If you are injured on the job and your employer is attempting to do this to you, you have grounds to file a lawsuit so that you can receive all of the financial compensation that you need. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can help you in this process, please call (813) 872-0929.