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Putting yourself back together: maximum medical improvement, part 1

In the old nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty famously fell off a wall - and putting him back together proved to not be possible at all.

But what if Humpty Dumpty suffered a fall at work and the marvels of modern medicine were able to put at least part of him back together? And how could a workers' compensation claim help pay for the medical care?

In this two-part post, we will discuss the concept of maximum medical improvement (MMI) in workers' comp cases.

To be sure, in the immediate aftermath of a work injury, it is natural to want to recover completely. You want to be whole again, like Humpty Dumpty before he fell off that wall.

As we noted in our article on MMI in Colorado, however, there may come a time in the treatment when the doctor you are seeing concludes that your condition has gotten as much better as it is realistic to believe it will.

In the vocabulary of the workers' compensation world, this point is called maximum medical improvement.

An MMI determination can be a concern for you, as an injured worker, if you think that the doctor has gotten it wrong.

For example, based on the doctor's determination, the workers' comp insurance company that serves your employer may assert that you are no longer eligible for medical benefits. You, however, may be convinced that more improvement is possible.

In a case like this, don't feel you need to just knuckle under and accept whatever the doctor and the insurance company say. If you have concerns about the doctor's determination, it makes sense to talk with a lawyer about it.

In part two of this post, we will discuss the process for contesting an MMI determination that you don't agree with.

In the meantime, we invite you to review our article on MMI.

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