MMI is a big deal in any Colorado workers’ compensation case. It stands for “maximum medical improvement.” You’re at MMI when the doctors feel no additional medical treatment is likely to improve your condition. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your injury is completely healed and you’re as good as new. You may have ongoing impairments from your injury. It just means that your doctor doesn’t expect any further improvement at this point. Basically, your doctor thinks “this is as good as you’re going to get.”
MMI is an important milestone in your workers’ compensation case. At that point, any ongoing problems that you have are considered “permanent.”
What happens when I reach MMI?
- You will be given an impairment rating. You will undergo a special medical exam that will determine what your rating will be. The rating is a percentage of function you have lost as a result of the injury. Colorado uses a very specific (any in many ways, strange) system to calculate your rating. The rating is based on medical factors, such as the part of your body that was injured, or whether you had surgery or range of motion loss — things like that. It doesn’t usually depend on permanent work restrictions.
- If you want to dispute whether or not you have reached MMI, you can apply for an independent medical examination.
- After you reach MMI you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits.
- Typically, your insurance carrier will issue a Final Admission of Liability soon after you reach MMI.