Posted in: Car Accident Attorney Denver, Personal Injury Attorney Denver
Referred to in the medical field as “MMI”, maximum medical improvement occurs when treatment for any particular injury has effected the most benefit possible to the injured party. The injured party may continue to seek treatment, but no further health or emotional improvement will occur from continued treatment.
MMI may occur after only several treatments in mild cases, or may take several years in complex cases. MMI may also be reached for a particular portion of a patient’s treatment, and not for another. For example, breaks and bruises may heal relatively quickly, but soft tissue injuries may take longer to reach MMI.
MMI doesn’t mean that an injured party is recovered to their pre-accident status. It means that with the medical treatment already provided the injured party has healed as much as they ever will. Future or continuing treatment will have no further beneficial effect.
It is not uncommon for an injured party to have lifelong physical changes to their level of comfort or with the range of activities they can do after the injury as opposed to before the injury.
It’s very important that an attorney not settle a case for a client who has not reached “MMI”. It is the treating provider’s decision, whether it’s a Chiropractor or Orthopedic Surgeon, to determine that a patient has reached MMI.
When a person has received extensive soft tissue injuries, the entire spectrum of injury and treatment may not become apparent for weeks or months. If your case is settled, and you find weeks, or even months into the future, that you have lingering pain, stiffness, and reduced capacity for certain activities, there will be no option for further financial settlement on any potentially life long impairment.