In order the hold the responsible parties accountable following an accident
that caused serious injury, the plaintiff and their counsel must ask for
a specific sum of money. In most cases, this sum is easily determined
and incorporates medical bills, lost wages, and other relevant costs and
hardships. However, how does an injury victim proceed if they're still
recovering at the time of their suit-- or they've suffered permanent
effects from their accident?
In these cases, the legal concept of "maximum medical improvement"
(MMI) becomes critical. MMI is the point in a victim's recovery in
which doctors determine they will improve no further. In cases where MMI
is important, this doesn't mean that the patient has fully recovered,
but that their health has reached an optimal level following their accident.
These determinations are key in cases involving amputation, burns, paralysis,
and other injuries that can leave permanent effects.
MMI is important to determine before filing suit against the negligent
parties. Why? Because it allows doctors and lawyers to reasonably predict
the ongoing needs and costs associated with the victim's long-term
care and quality of life. Once these costs can be quantified, then a specific
and proper sum of money can be pursued.
An Example of Maximum Medical Improvement
To illustrate the importance of MMI, let's take a look at an example:
"Brian" is a construction worker who's been hurt by a reckless
motorist. The accident left Brian with a knee injury and he wanted to
sue the motorist for the cost of the needed surgery. He did and won.
However, after surgery, it became clear that Brian would need a fair amount
of physical therapy that would keep him out of work for at least another
nine months. This is the point where Brian has reasonably reached MMI.
However, the full scope of his lost wages and rehabilitation were not
addressed in his initial injury suit because he and his counsel acted
If you have been the victim of a serious accident, then it may be time
to start exploring your legal options. At
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