When a vehicle accident victim is ruled to be at maximum medical improvement (MMI), it means that their medical condition has reached a point where further medical treatment is unlikely to result in significant improvement. At this stage, the focus shifts from medical treatment to other aspects of the victim's situation. Read on to find out what is next for accident victims.
Below are listed a few potential outcomes after an accident victim is ruled to be at MMI.
- Discharge from Medical Care: The victim may be discharged from the care of their treating physicians, as their medical condition has stabilized, and additional treatment is not expected to significantly change their condition.
- Assessment of Permanent Impairment: After reaching MMI, the medical professionals will assess the victim for any permanent impairment resulting from the accident. This evaluation determines the extent of any lasting disabilities or limitations the victim may experience.
- Evaluation of Long-Term Medical Needs: Even if the victim has reached MMI, they may still require ongoing medical care and rehabilitation to manage their injuries or disabilities. Medical professionals will work with the victim to assess and plan for their long-term medical needs.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If the victim's injuries prevent them from returning to their previous job, vocational rehabilitation programs may be recommended to help them acquire new skills or find alternative employment opportunities.
- Disability Evaluation: If the victim's injuries are severe enough to prevent them from working, they may be eligible for disability benefits. The determination of disability and eligibility for benefits will depend on the severity of the impairments and the victim's ability to work.
- Negotiation for a Settlement: If the accident was caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, the victim or their attorney may engage in negotiations with the at-fault party's insurance company to seek compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Legal Proceedings: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the victim may pursue a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for their damages. In this case, the case would proceed to court.
- Continued Medical Monitoring: Even after reaching MMI, some injuries may require ongoing medical monitoring to ensure that there are no complications or deterioration in the victim's condition.
Accident victims at MMI must have their cases thoroughly assessed by legal professionals. Seek advice from experienced attorneys so that a victim navigate the post-MMI phase and secure the support and compensation they need for their recovery and future well-being.
For more information, contact a personal injury attorney.