St Louis Workers Comp Specialists
If you have been injured on the job, you might wonder what happens after MMI in workers’ comp cases. If so, you aren’t alone. Learn what you need to know here. Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien have been a trusted law firm serving Missourians for over 40 years.
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How Long Does It Take Workers Comp to Make an Offer After MMI
Once an authorized treating doctor determines that no further medical treatment would improve your conditions, they declare that you are in MMI. This will typically be done six weeks following the Maximum Medical Improvement determination.
They will rate each patient according to a particular scale. You may be rated as:
Temporary partial disability (TPD)
Temporary total disability (TTD)
The rating will determine if you will receive partial or full workers’ comp benefits.
Fighting for Your Workers Comp Benefits
When you reach maximum medical improvement, you will be able to work with a workers’ comp attorney to bring forth a case or ask for a lump sum payment.
Workers’ comp will never offer disability benefits even if you are qualified. For this reason, it is always prudent to work with a workers’ compensation law firm such as Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, who will make the demand on your behalf.
Confused about Workers Comp in St Louis? We are here to answer your questions.
How Does MMI Impact Your Comp Claim?
An injured employee that got their injuries at work or fell ill directly from their working conditions has the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. Still, one cannot receive permanent disability benefits or even wage loss benefits until a state-certified physician writes an MMI report that shows the extent of the illness or injuries. Your report will usually include an impairment rating out of a hundred.
The value of a workers’ compensation claim is usually calculated according to the difference the injury caused to your earning potential compared to your pre-injury job duties.
A 0% MMI determination indicates full recovery, while anything above shows that you have been robbed of some functionality. Once you reach MMI determination, the D.W.C. can assign a value to your workers’ comp case that may be impacted by permanent work restrictions, future cost, medical needs, and medical expenses.
A higher MMI rating will always result in higher cash benefits and other additional benefits and compensation from the insurance carrier.
When Is MMI Determined?
The time to reach MMI varies depending on the injury sustained and person. As a general rule, more severe injuries which require more surgeries and medical treatment will require a longer time to reach MMI.
For instance, it will take longer to reach MMI if you have suffered injuries like:
Traumatic brain injuries
Fractures, bruises, sprains, or muscle strains take less time. However, you should note that this general rule may vary depending on the workplace accident. Only when an authorized treating doctor refers to you as MMI can you attempt to claim benefits.
Legal Representation for Injured Workers
At the law firm of Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien, professional lawyers can hire professional witnesses to look at the medical evidence and come up with an appropriate value for your workplace injury benefits. If you have been injured at work, the workers’ compensation lawyer at Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien provides free initial consultation on your case so that you can get the compensation you deserve.