In workers’ compensation cases, you will probably hear the term “maximum medical improvement” (MMI). To you, this may mean that you have fully recovered from your work injury and are feeling ready to go back to work. But when it comes to your workers’ compensation case, this has a much more explicit meaning.
How MMI Is Determined
Under Minnesota workers’ comp law, maximum medical improvement is defined as “the date after which no further significant recovery from or significant lasting improvement to a personal injury can reasonably be anticipated, based upon reasonable medical probability, irrespective and regardless of subjective complaints of pain.”
Essentially, this is the point at which your treating doctor decides that you will not significantly recover any more from your work injury and medical treatment can stop.
In Minnesota, healthcare providers are required to consider a few things when determining a worker’s medical maximum improvement, including:
Whether there has been a significant improvement in the injured employee’s condition
Whether any significant recovery is likely or unlikely, regardless of any ongoing medical treatment
Whether doctors have tried all possible treatments to improve the injured employee’s condition
Whether further treatment is needed to maintain the employee’s current condition
Whether further treatment would help alleviate symptoms, even if temporarily
Why MMI Is Important
MMI is an important part of receiving maximum disability benefits. If your doctor determines that you have reached your MMI, your employer’s insurance company could stop paying you within 90 days. This depends on whether the injured worker has temporary or permanent benefits or whether the injured worker will have a long-term or lifelong disability.
If you need help pursuing workers’ compensation for an injury you sustained at the job, Midwest Disability is here to stand in your corner. We have helped over 10,000 injured workers across the state of Minnesota. Let us put our skills, knowledge, and experience to work for you so that you can focus on recovering.