In cases where accident victims are facing lasting effects of an injury
that someone else caused, how do they proceed in pursuing compensation?
How do you put a dollar amount on an altered quality life or a permanent
change in the health of the plaintiff?
In these cases, the legal concept known as maximum medical improvement
(MMI) becomes critical. MMI is determined by medical professionals and
is established when they feel that the patient has recovered as much as
he or she can from their injuries. There still may be permanent effects
from the injury, but, as far doctors can estimate, a patient who will
no longer improve from their injury has reached MMI.
MMI is important in personal injury cases because it then allows counsel
to work together with doctors and the clients' loved ones to start
establishing what the cost of ongoing care and necessary therapy might
be. This is particularly important when a client has faced a catastrophic
injury, such as a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury.
The Pitfalls of Acting Too Quickly
While speaking with a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer immediately
following your accident is advised, MMI makes filing suit shortly after
your accident risky. In some cases, filing for too early means not addressing
the full effects of the accident, leaving the injury victim with costs
and burdens they should not have to bear.
Let's take a look at an example to illustrate: "Mary" is
a teacher who seriously injured her back in an accident caused by another
motorist. Mary filed a claim to pay for the surgery she needed. The surgery
was successful, but then Mary faced months of physical therapy where she
couldn't work and had transition away from classroom work because
she couldn't stand for long periods of time. This is the point where
Mary has reached MMI, but because she didn't wait, her initial suit
did not cover the costs of her therapy and lost wages.
If you have been hurt by someone else, it may be time to start exploring
your legal options. At the
Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb, P.A., Attorney Goldenfarb has committed his firm to helping those who have
been harmed by the negligence of others. For more than two decades, he
has made these victims' voices heard and helped them secure the relief
they need to move on from their injury with the support they deserve.
Ready to start exploring your options? Attorney Goldenfarb is ready to
hear from you. Call his firm at