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Understanding The Meaning Of Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) And Why MMI Is Important In Your Florida Personal Injury Case


An accident can leave you dealing with several losses and damages. After an accident leaves you with a severe injury, you will most likely need to spend a substantial amount of money on medical treatment. If you sustain a severe injury in an accident, you might stop going to work, and if you miss work, you might lose your income. Because of these and many other damages and losses that people suffer after accidents, it is understandable if you are anxious to settle your personal injury claim. After being in an accident that warrants filing a lawsuit against an at-fault party, it is your right to seek compensation as soon as possible after your accident. However, as much as you have the right to sue an at-fault party as soon as possible after your accident, it would be best for you to wait until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)

In personal injury cases, maximum medical improvement or MMI can mean that a plaintiff has recovered completely from the injuries. MMI can also mean that a plaintiff has recovered to the most comprehensive point possible. When you recover to such a point, it means your condition has improved as much as it can, and you don’t need more medical treatment. Additionally, MMI can mean that you are still receiving treatment, but you are at a stage where your doctor can give a final diagnosis of expected future treatments.

Why MMI Matters in Your Florida Personal Injury Case

Generally, MMI is the first milestone you need to achieve to have a successful personal injury case. As much as it can be stressful to wait to settle a personal injury claim, you need to wait until you reach MMI to settle your claim if you want to protect your interests and rights. If you accept an offer before reaching MMI, you might end up receiving less than you deserve.

Let’s say you sustained a permanent injury in an accident. In such a case, you need to wait until you reach MMI so your doctor can provide their opinion on your injury. After you reach MMI, your doctor can give their views on how severe they think your injury is and what they believe your future medical costs will be.

Keep in mind that you are entitled to receiving compensation for past and future medical expenses.

Suppose you accept a settlement before reaching MMI. In that case, you cannot demand more money from the liable party after you find out later that your injuries are worse than you thought. Your personal injury case is over the moment you agree to take an offer and sign a settlement. Therefore, to avoid regrets and receiving less than you deserve, it would be best for you to wait until you reach MMI before agreeing to settle your personal injury case.

Contact Us for Legal Help

Just because you need to wait until you reach MMI before settling your personal injury case doesn’t mean you need to wait to retain an attorney. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm can help you with your personal injury case. We can help you claim all the damages you are eligible for and ensure you get paid what is rightfully yours. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

The Pendas Law Firm represents clients in the Tampa, Bradenton, Orlando, Ocala, Miami, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, and West Palm Beach areas.



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