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Maximum Medical Improvement

Receiving the maximum financial recovery in a personal injury case is the ultimate goal. A personal injury attorney treats maximum medical improvement as one of the factors used in determining potential damages. Personal injury cases involve a wide range of damages:

Medical expenses
Lost earnings capacity
Lost wages
Pain & suffering
Physical impairment

In personal injury cases you often need to reach a point of maximum medical improvement to know the full extent of your medical expenses. An appropriate amount of financial compensation can be determined once that is assessed. Maximum medical improvement occurs when an injury victim reaches a state where their condition cannot be further improved. It can mean the patient has fully recovered from the injury or it can mean that no further healing or improvement is expected despite continuing medical intervention or rehabilitation. This does not always mean that you are ‘cured’, or that you will ever be the way you were before the accident. Essentially, maximum medical improvement means you won’t receive further medical treatment because it will not help improve your condition. Worker’s compensation only requires medical treat be provided until maximum medical improvement.


Your doctor, not a lawyer, decides when you reach maximum medical improvement. Do you believe you are at fully improved?  What does your doctor believe?  If both you and your doctor believe you are not yet at MMI, you should probably fight for more treatment. Don’t let yourself be pushed around. Protect your rights. If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident you need a New Iberia medical malpractice attorney to advise you on your rights. We work on a contingent fee basis. If we do not collect compensation for you, we do not get paid. Call the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.