My workers comp assigned doctor released me for full duty because he said I have reached MMI but I am still not physically able to do my job. Workers comp has stopped paying my weekly benefits because I was released for full duty but told me they will continue to pay all of my injury related medical bills. I went to an impairment evaluation today and have not gotten the results back yet. What do I do now? I can't afford to pay my bills without the weekly checks.
MMI is an acronym for Maximum Medical Improvement. it doesn't mean that you can now do what you could do before you were injured. It simply means that you do not require any further medical care. I strongly suggest that you hire an experienced local Worker's Compensation attorney to explain your options and make certain that you do what is in your best interest at this critical juncture.
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When you are deemed MMI, your Temporary Disability benefits end, and you are converted to Permanent Disability status if there is residual impairment. That is why your benefits were either reduced or ended.
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What does your own doctor say? If your doctor disagrees and feels that you are not ready to return to work then the worker’s comp. carrier will begin paying you PPD (if assigned by the worker’s comp. doctor). If the comp. doctor assigned 0% permanency then the comp. carrier will stop paying benefits.
If your doctor still has you on work restrictions then your employer will likely not take you back to work until you are fully healed and you will have no money coming in. This would be a good time to get a worker’s comp. attorney if you do not already have one.
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You can fight this but under Texas law, you only have 90 days to dispute MMI. You will be given an impairment rating and will receive 3 checks per percentage of impairment (5%=15 checks) but if you still require additional treatment, you should definitely dispute MMI. Also, need to know if one of their doctors put you at MMI or was it a Designated Doctor? Big difference. I would strongly suggest you dispute MMI and hire a lawyer.