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Understanding Maximum Medical Improvement

Maximum medical improvement, or MMI, is a concept that you will often hear in relation to worker's comp cases, but, in fact, it is a critical factor in all civil injury suits. Under Texas law, MMI is the point in which an accident victim recovers from their injury and, under reasonable medical prediction, will not meaningfully improve any further. MMI is particularly important following catastrophic injuries that could take significant time to recover from—and have lasting effects on the victim.

The reason why MMI is so crucial for your injury claim is because it allows you, your loved ones, your doctors, and your counsel to begin accurately assess what your post-injury needs are and what they will be in the future. In this way, MMI is necessary in calculating what your compensation should be from the parties responsible for your injury. For instance, a factory worker hurt in a car accident might only realize his back injury will not allow him to do the same factory work after reaching MMI. In his case, his claim should address lost future wages and not merely just medical expenses.

Following an accident, many feel an urgent need to file suit against those responsible. However, it is important for these victims to take the appropriate time to heal before filing an injury claim. Filing too soon can be detrimental to the success of your claim.

Filing your injury suit before MMI is reached can result in:

  • Unforeseen medical costs that are not reflected in your suit
  • Unforeseen work/labor limitations that are not reflected in your suit
  • Lasting pain and suffering that is not reflected in your suit.

Who decides maximum medical improvement?

It is important to keep in mind that judges, lawyers, and insurance companies do not decide when MMI is reached—only licensed medical professionals can determine can. At our firm, we have frequently had physicians and other medical specialists testify on our clients' behalf and made sure that the gravity of their injury is made plain to the judge and jury.

If you have been hurt due to the actions of someone else, don't just ensure you pursue compensation—ensure that you pursue maximum compensation. Our skilled team of Dallas personal injury attorneys at Jackson Allen & Williams, LLP have the experience and resources to create a compelling case on your behalf and make sure that your claim is not only aggressively fought for, but addresses every burden you had to face during this difficult time.

Start the process today with confidence. Contact us for a case evaluation.

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