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What Is "Maximum Medical Improvement" in an Injury Claim?

Imagine the following scenario: you've just been hurt by a negligent motorist. In the days following the accident, you already have mounting medical bills, are missing work, and are unsure about how you're going to pay for everything. Now is the time to file suit against the motorist that hurt you and fight for the compensation you deserve... right?

Maybe not. Because while legal action may be called for, it's critical that you, your doctors, your counsel, and the involved insurance companies understand the full scope of your injuries. That is determining a medical status known as "maximum medical improvement" is so important.

Defining Maximum Medical Improvement

Maximum medical improvement (MMI) is the point in an injury victim's recovery at which doctors determine they will no longer improve. For most patients, this means a full recovery. With serious injuries that could cause permanent effects, MMI could mean that the patient's condition has plateaued and that they must now adjust to a new quality of life.

MMI is critical in personal injury cases because it allows lawyers and insurance companies to review the complete scope of the patient's medical treatment (and other injury-related expenses). Even when there are permanent effects, MMI allows doctors and caretakers to reasonably predict the cost of future care for years to come. If MMI is not reached, your suit could exclude medical treatment and expenses you or your doctors did not initially anticipate, leaving you with the costs.

"How Long Do I Have to Wait?"

If you have been hurt due to the actions of someone else, then it is advised that you contact proven legal counsel immediately. Even if your medical condition hasn't improved to the point where it's prudent to file suit, it's often critical that your Martin County personal injury lawyer starts working on the details of your case as soon as possible. With all of the diligence done, they can then ensure that your injury suit addresses the full scope of your post-accident burdens and aggressively pursues maximum compensation on your behalf.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, then we invite you to contact us at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today. Our firm has more than 70 years of combined legal experience and has time and time again secured results for clients who needed their voices heard following a serious injury or wrongful death.

We're ready to stand with you. Call our compassionate and capable team at 866-675-4427 today.