Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) and California Workers’ Compensation Claims
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is the term used by workers’ comp insurers to describe the point after which an injured worker isn’t likely to get any better. In some cases, the worker is declared to have reached MMI because they’ve made a full recovery. In other cases, a doctor has determined that the worker is likely to face permanent limitations on their ability to move, with little probability that they will regain full health.
Dedicated legal help for your MMI assessment
Reaching MMI is an important stage of a California workers’ compensation claim. This determination impacts the amount of a potential settlement with insurers, the disability rating that the worker will receive, and other key aspects of the worker’s claim and future employment prospects. Having a seasoned California workers’ compensation lawyer can help injured workers know whether their MMI determination was fair and help them contest unfair determinations. Contact the Orange County workers’ compensation lawyers at Invictus Law, P.C. for a free consultation on your workers’ compensation claim.
Determining Maximum Medical Improvement in Workers’ Comp Case
Workers who have suffered a serious injury on the job will have a right to receive temporary workers’ compensation benefits for up to two years while they are off work recovering from their injury. At some point, the physician treating the injured worker will conclude that the worker has recovered as much as they’re likely to recover. If the worker is found to be fully healed, they may be told that they can return to their previous position at their place of employment. This would also mean that the worker will no longer receive benefits for their injury.
If the physician finds that the worker is not fully healed and is unlikely to ever be, the physician will conclude that the worker has a permanent functional impairment. This could entitle the worker to receive permanent disability benefits. They may also receive a disability rating which can dictate any limits on their ability to resume work, such as limits on how much weight they can lift or on how long they can stand. At this point, the insurer may approach the worker with an offer to settle. In exchange for the worker agreeing to permanently relinquish the right to file a claim against the employer, the insurer would provide the worker with a lump sum to settle their claim. Skillfully negotiating these settlements requires experience with these insurers and strong knowledge of workers’ rights. Don’t go up against powerful insurers without help. Contact the seasoned and aggressive Ontario workers’ compensation lawyers at Invictus Law, P.C. for help.
Challenging an MMI determination
Injured workers or the workers’ compensation insurer may disagree with an MMI determination. For example, the worker may feel that they are not sufficiently healthy to return to work. Contrarily, an insurer may feel that the worker has made a greater improvement than indicated by the physician and feel that they should no longer be obligated to pay disability benefits to that worker. If either party disagrees with the MMI determination, they can seek a reevaluation of their case. The knowledgeable Inland Empire workers’ compensation attorneys at Invictus Law, P.C. can put their years of fighting for injured workers to use in helping you challenge an unfair MMI determination.
Help with Worker’s Comp MMI Determinations in Orange County and the Inland Empire
For seasoned and professional legal help with your California workers’ compensation case, contact the Orange and Ontario offices of Invictus Law, P.C. for a free consultation at 888-9WORKLAW or 949-287-5711.