If you were harmed in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, you understandably want to prevail in your case and receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. This can be difficult, however, if the insurance carrier is fighting to reject your claim or attempting to get you to agree to a low settlement offer. One of the best ways to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve is to wait until you reach your maximum medical improvement before resolving your claim. Below are several important details about the role that maximum medical improvements can play in your car accident case.
What Constitutes Maximum Medical Improvement?
Maximum medical improvement is that period in a person’s medical care where that individual has a clear picture of the severity of their injuries as well as how these injuries will disrupt their life. It can take months and sometimes even longer reach this period in a person’s treatment, particularly if a person incurred multiple or permanent injuries. An individual is viewed as reaching maximum medical improvement when one of the following events occur:
- The victim fully recovers from his or her injuries; or
- The victim reaches the stage in medical care where that person recovers as much as possible. A medical provider can give you a final prognosis in regards to what your future medical care will be as well as how your injuries will influence your ability to work.
Maximum Medical Improvement Does Not Mean You Recover Entirely
Obtaining a maximum medical improvement means that you have recovered, but it does not always mean that you have fully recovered. Obtaining this means that a person’s state of recovery, however, is unlikely to improve any further.
Some of the most serious types of injuries where an accident victim who obtains a maximum medical improvement will not see a full recovery include the following:
- Car crash victims with spinal cord injuries routinely incur paralysis of some degree
- Many people left facing back injuries reach a point of maximum medical improvement but continue to experience pain and discomfort
- While broken bones might heal, victims with these wounds often continue to experience some degree of either weakness or pain
- Losing a limb is a traumatic occurrence and many people report experiencing pain issues even after they have reached the point of a maximum medical recovery
Speak With an Experienced Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, you should make sure to speak with a compassionate accident attorney. It costs nothing to retain our legal services because we handle cases on a contingency basis. This means that you are only responsible for paying us if we win your case. Our law firm also fronts the court costs as well as associated litigation fees that you might incur. Contact House Law LLC today for assistance.