Texas Workers’ Compensation: What is a Certification of Maximum Medical Improvement?



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, info@themorrisfirm.net, (214)357-1782


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