After a construction accident, you relied on your workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical bills and lost wages. When your doctor says that your condition has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), you’re not sure what this means for your benefits or the future of your health care. How do you know when you’ve reached MMI, and what should you do next?
Once your construction injury has healed, it will be impossible for you to know how much compensation you are entitled to. In both your recovery and your construction injury claim, achieving maximum medical improvement is essential. There is no need for further treatment because your doctor believes that it will not improve your condition. Workers’ compensation benefits will no longer be paid to you as a result of this change.
You will receive a rating from your doctor based on the extent of your permanent disability after you have reached MMI. Doing so may be possible if your disability rating is high enough
- Return to work, but with limitations imposed. Allowing employees to carry a certain amount of weight unaided may be an option for some employers.
- Go back to work with no restrictions whatsoever. If your doctor concludes that your condition is completely healed and does not cause any long-term disability, your benefits will be terminated and you may be forced to return to work earlier than expected.
- Change careers or jobs. Depending on your rating, you may not be able to do any construction work at all in the future. Retraining for a less physically demanding career may be necessary in the event that your employer is unable to accommodate the restrictions (such as reassigning you to light duty or a desk job).
- Make a claim for long-term disability insurance. Workers’ compensation may be able to provide you with partial or total benefits if your condition worsens. When it comes to long-term disability claims, insurance companies will often try to deny them outright or agree to settle for a fraction of what they are actually worth.
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Our California construction injury lawyer can help you challenge your doctor’s determination that you have reached MMI and work to ensure that you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, contact Spiro K. Pistiolas or check out our free brochure, “Hurt in a Construction Accident? ” You’re not the only one who has felt this way about the current circumstances. Personal injury lawyer specializing in California, construction and railroad injury claims. To learn more about our legal services Call us Today at (844) 414-1768