Being put at MMI is a big event in your Colorado workers’ compensation case.
- You’re at MMI when the doctors feel no additional medical treatment is likely to make you better.
- This doesn’t always mean that your injury is completely healed and you’re as good as new.
- You may have ongoing impairments from your injury.
- MMI 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. Once you get to MMI, any ongoing problems that you have are considered “permanent.”
What happens when you reach MMI?
You’ll be given an impairment rating.
- You’ll 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.
What if you disagree with the impairment rating?
- Knowing whether or not you received a fair rating is complicated.
- Only an experienced Colorado workers’ comp attorney can tell you if the rating you got is decent.
- If you want to dispute whether or not you’re at MMI, you can apply for a division independent medical examination.
- After you reach MMI you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits (PPD).
- Typically, your insurance carrier will issue a Final Admission of Liability soon after you reach MMI.
Many people wait until after a final admission is issued to call an attorney. But once you get a final admission, it may be too late for an attorney to help you. MMI starts the process of closing your workers’ comp claim.
If your doctor is talking about putting you at MMI but you disagree, now is the time to call an attorney.
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