Texas work related injuries are very regulated. Disputes over Maximum Medical Improvement are included in the majority of hearings handled at the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Certifications are completed by a doctor who examines the injured worker and completes a DWC-69 form.
The most important thing to understand is that once a worker is found to be at Maximum Medical Improvement, they will no longer be eligible to receive Temporary Income Benefits (TIBs). If the doctor finds a date of Maximum Medical Improvement, the certification will contain either a finding of no impairment or provide an impairment rating from 0 to 100%. The Impairment Rating is multiplied by 3 and the injured worker is paid that number of weeks of Impairment Income Benefits (IIBs).
Once you receive a certification of Maximum Medical Improvement make sure you have it reviewed asap. You have a limited time to dispute the findings of the certification.
Daniel L Morris, The Morris Firm, www.themorrisfirm.net, firstname.lastname@example.org, (214)357-1782