The days and weeks following a workplace injury could have you wondering if you will completely recover from your injuries. It is natural to worry about what the end of your recovery will look like and if it means you can resume a normal life.
At some point, your physician will probably inform you that you have reached maximum medical improvement. This can tell you the result of your recovery and if you are in need of permanent government disability benefits.
The definition of MMI
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, you reach MMI once medical treatment can no longer significantly change your medical condition. Basically, you are at a point where medical attention or a lack thereof will not make you any better than you are now.
Reaching MMI could mean you have fully recovered from your injuries and can return to work. If so, a doctor will likely use the phrase “permanent and stationary” to describe your condition.
Options after attaining MMI
In the event your injury has caused you a permanent disability, a doctor will compose a medical report describing how your disability interferes with your capacity to do everyday activities. This report will give you an impairment number to help determine your permanent disability benefits. If you receive temporary disability, those benefits will stop and PD benefits will begin no later than 14 days after.
Keep in mind that it is possible to appeal your disability rating if you do not think it represents your condition. It is crucial to get your rating correct so you receive the proper amount of benefits.