In a workers’ comp case, whenever someone refers to medical maximum improvement (MMI), they are referring to the status of an injured worker. MMI means the employee will not improve more than he or she has already.
When an injury occurs and an employee has reached a state where his or her condition can’t be further improved, the doctor will inform the patient that he or she has reached MMI. Once this point has been reached, the treating physician is essentially saying no other treatment can be done to help the patient improve apart from time.
If you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits and reach MMI, your condition will be assessed. Your doctor will then give you a disability rating. Depending on the rating, the doctor will advise your employer on what you should and should not be required to do at work in order to avoid exacerbating your injury. For example, if you have a back injury, you should avoid sitting down for extended periods of time or avoid lifting heavy items.
Likewise, if your case has not been settled and your injury worsens within 2 years after reaching MMI, you should return to your doctor for assessment. The physician will determine whether your condition has deteriorated and if further treatment is necessary.
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