In personal injury cases, MMI means “Maximum Medical Improvement.” MMI is essentially an opinion issued by your doctor that your recovery has reached the peak of what medical treatment can do for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have continuing pain or further treatment; it just means that your recovery phase has been completed.
MMI is critical because you must wait until you have reached this point before it will make any sense to calculate your future medical bills. Consequently, it would help if you reached MMI before you decide on the amount of the “future medical expenses” component of your personal injury claim.
Calculating your future medical expenses can be tricky after your reach MMI, much less before. It is critically important that you get it right because once a verdict is issued or you sign a settlement agreement, you won’t be able to come back and ask for more money later if you run out.
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