Understanding Maximum Medical Improvement

When you are injured at work or become ill due to your working conditions, workers compensation law permits you to receive appropriate compensation for your injuries. In determining what compensation is appropriate and for what length of time, doctors and workers compensation case managers both look closely at one particular determining factor: maximum medical improvement. What does maximum medical improvement mean? In short, it is the term used to describe what your doctor believes to be the most recovery you can expect from your injury or illness. When you reach this state and are still compromised, and after waiting the statutory 26 week waiting time, a permanent partial disability (PPD) claim may be possible for you. If you have not missed any work, or haven’t received any compensation for your injury, you may be able to file right away.

The Process for Obtaining Permanent Partial Disability

After you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), Ohio BWC requires workers to undergo a medical examination to determine the extent of your disability. This appointment is important as your permanent partial disability award will be based on the impairment rating that the examiner assigns to you. You can object to the examiner’s assessment within 20 days. Workers can also request an increase of the disability impairment rating, but they’ll be required to take another exam.

Short-Term, Long-Term and Permanent Disability

Workers compensation benefits and disability insurers look to understand the extent of your injuries or illness and how long it will impair you from performing your work at the same degree of ability as you did prior. When your injury is temporary and you heal fully, temporary total disability benefits are employed. When your doctor determines that you have reached maximum medical improvement but you still aren’t able to return to work at the same capacity as prior to the injury or illness, call our SSDI lawyers here at Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. to discuss your options for filing permanent total disability or permanent partial disability.