How Maximum Medical Improvement Affects Your Florida Personal Injury ClaimTampa Bay Legal News
When attorneys, doctors, and other professionals talk about “maximum medical improvement” most people assume it refers to an injured victim who has fully recovered and had their health restored to the way it was before the accident. While some victims are fortunate enough to experience this level of recovery, it is rarely the case.
Keep reading to learn more about MMI and how it could affect your Florida personal injury case.
What is Maximum Medical Improvement?
Maximum medical improvement is a medical term that identifies the point at which a victim has improved, according to a physician’s evaluation, to the most comprehensive point possible. This degree of rehabilitation suggests that the patient’s condition has stabilized as much as it is going to, and currently needs no additional medical care.
It doesn’t necessarily indicate that the victim has regained her or his previous level of health or that they will not need additional medical treatment down the road.
MMI applies to all forms of personal injury claims like a car accident or a slip and fall. The degree and seriousness of your injury and the amount of time it takes to reach MMI are unique to each case and are the major factors that affect the value of your Tampa personal injury case and any settlement that you might be awarded.
How Long Does It Take to Reach MMI?
How long it takes a victim to reach MMI differs considerably from person to person and depends largely on the seriousness of the injuries, how you respond to medical treatment, and whether or not any secondary medical issues occur during your rehabilitation.
Who Determines When You Have Reached MMI?
Your doctor is the only person who is able to determine when your condition has fully stabilized and you have reached your point of maximum recovery. He or she will make this determination according to medical diagnostics and their own physical assessments.
In a personal injury case, your Tampa personal injury attorney will not even begin to negotiate a settlement on your behalf until you have achieved maximum medical improvement.
Navigating your way through a Florida personal injury claim after you have sustained a critical injury can be a lot to deal with. Insurance carriers often try to take advantage of victims in this situation and offer a settlement that is much smaller than the true value of your injury claim. The personal injury attorneys here at Fulgencio Law in Tampa handle personal injury claims every day. They have a proven track record of success and years of experience defending the rights of the injured.
If you or a member of your family were injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless or otherwise negligent actions, we urge you to reach out to our Tampa personal injury offices by calling (813) 463-0123 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys can help you find out which legal options are available to you and how to obtain financial compensation for your accident-related injuries as soon as possible.