If a worker gets injured while on the job, and the workers’ compensation insurance company does not contest coverage, there usually is a fairly specific timeline for the case. This timeline involves the opinions of treating physicians. It is very important to listen to the doctors, and heed their advice and recommendations, in order to keep a healthy and natural timeline for your workers’ compensation case.
A crucial stage in this timeline is when the injured worker reaches “maximum medical improvement,” or “MMI.” This is when the doctor(s) believe that the injured worker has hit a plateau in treatment and recovery. While it is advisable to seek legal representation prior to this point in time, some who have been injured at work choose to handle the intricacies of the case on his or her own. This can have mixed results.