Maximum Medical Improvement
I WAS FOUND MMI – Now What Do I Do? My TTD Money Has Stopped!
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) eventually ends, that’s why it’s called temporary. But what happens next in your claim depends on several things and the attorney that represents you. Mike Gruhin, Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney, works with his clients, the Injured Workers, to formulate strategy from the very outset of the claim. The first appointment usually takes about 2 hours. During that time, Mike explains what Ohio Work Comp Claims are all about, how they work, and what the Injured Worker needs to know. An educated client is a satisfied client, able to understand the legal mumbo jumbo and navigate the bureaucratic red tape.
“Maximum medical improvement” is defined as a treatment plateau (static or well-stabilized) at which no fundamental functional or physiological change can be expected within reasonable medical probability in spite of continuing medical or rehabilitative procedures. An injured worker may need supportive treatment to maintain this level of function. So, when an injured worker reaches MMI, Temporary Total Disability Compensation Payments end. The question then becomes, now what?
After the finding of MMI, many injured workers are able to go back to work. In that instance, depending on the date of your injury, the Ohio Injured Worker files for the injury award, known as Permanent Partial Disability Compensation. This is a lump sum award which can be requested from time to time, should the disability increase.
But what if you’re deemed MMI and you can’t go back to your old job? You can request enrollment into the Ohio BWC Vocational Rehabilitation Program (VocRehab). In that program, the Injured Worker goes through a 20 week program (in some instances the program weeks can be extended). During that time, the Injured Worker is paid compensation called Living Maintenance every 2 weeks.
Some Injured Workers, before a finding of MMI is made, seek additional conditions (physical or psychological) to be added to their Ohio BWC claim. In that case, should a new condition be added to the claim, TTD cannot be terminated because there are now “New and Changed Circumstances”.
A Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney should be consulted in every work comp claim. There are many avenues to explore prior to or after a finding of MMI. To protect yourself, call Mike Gruhin, “The Comp Specialist”. Check out the client video testimonials to seek how we approach claims, protecting our clients and obtaining maximum compensation results.
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