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The Impact of Maximum Medical Improvement on Your Claim


When you are planning to file a personal injury suit, you will need to be regularly examined by medical professionals to determine how your recovery is proceeding. Once your doctor determines that your condition cannot improve any further despite continuing treatments, they will report that you have reached a status known as “maximum medical improvement.” This status is important because it can greatly affect how you approach your insurance company.

What Happens After I Reach Maximum Medical Improvement?

When your doctor declares that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement status, you will be assessed for any lingering issues, such as continued pain or a permanent disability of any kind. If you have no pain and are deemed to be in good health, your doctor will report you have made a full recovery. This allows your counsel to determine a finite number of medical expenses and other burdens you incurred while you were recovering from your injury.

If there are lingering effects, your condition will be assessed and your doctor will determine what ongoing treatment you will need to live life as comfortably as you can. Maximum medical improvement allows doctors and counsel to work together to reasonably forecast that ongoing treatment and determine the cost well-into the future. That way, an injury claim can be filed with an insurance company with an accurate amount of compensation.

Ensure You Recover What Your Deserve

A determination of disability usually means insurance companies are forced to make a much larger investment than in claims where claimants make a full recovery. Permanent disabilities can be a massive expense on their part and, as a result, these companies will often do everything in their power to reduce the severity of your case. This is the point where you most likely will enter into a legal battle with the insurance company (or the negligent parties themselves), and why it is always a good idea to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer to protect your well-being and assert your right to proper relief.

If you have been injured and are having difficulties with your insurance claim, Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC can assist you. Our top-rated Tulsa personal injury attorneys have to date recovered more than $300 million for our clients in a wide variety of cases since 1984. Our lawyers have garnered numerous exclusive industry honors, including admission into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers and the top 100 National Trial Lawyers. We also have received an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, demonstrating our success in practice and dedication to our clients’ needs.

Call Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC to request a free, confidential consultation of your case.