Jackson Termination of Benefits Lawyer
Usually, workers’ compensation benefits in Mississippi last up to four hundred fifty weeks. However, that amount of time passes more quickly than people think, especially for victims who can only tolerate limited medical interventions and physical therapy requirements. Furthermore, if an insurance company doctor concludes that the victim has reached MMI (maximum medical improvement), the insurance company may unilaterally cut off medical funding. Victims in this situation have virtually no hope of making a full recovery.
So, the experienced Jackson termination of benefits lawyers at Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe don’t stop advocating for victims once the legal case ends. Instead, we know how to keep the money flowing throughout all medical follow-up, including physical therapy. Medical bills aren’t the only thing at stake in these situations. Our legal team also fights for continued lost wage replacement benefits. These benefits ease the financial stress these victims feel, so they can focus on getting better.
Ongoing Medical Treatment Issues
Job injury victims in Mississippi don’t have to see the company doctor. Instead, they may choose their own doctors. Additionally, these victims may normally change doctors at any time during their treatment and recovery periods. Such changes are common, especially when recovery reaches the physical therapy stage. Not all physical therapists are created equally, and not all of them have expertise with certain kinds of job injuries.
Frequently, when victims change doctors, insurance companies take this opportunity to cut off benefits. These lawyers typically produce a medical opinion from a “medical expert” who read the file and concluded that the victim reached MMI (maximum medical improvement). If that’s true, further therapy would do good, and the insurance company won’t fund it.
Jackson termination of benefits lawyers continue to advocate for benefits in these situations. That way, their decision to change doctors doesn’t rob them of important financial benefits.
Many victims reach MMI before they are fully recovered. If that’s the case, an additional partial total disability payment might be available.
Special Issues and Jackson Termination of Benefits Lawyers
All physical therapists aren’t created equally, and all job injuries aren’t created equally. For example, there’s a big difference between brain injury therapy and broken bone therapy.
Usually, broken bone therapists must strengthen existing muscles. Brain injury physical therapists must train uninjured areas of the brain to assume lost functions. This road is long and winding. Furthermore, progress often comes in fits and starts. Many victims seemingly plateau right before they achieve a breakthrough.
Victims must be patient in these situations. Insurance companies must be patient as well, and patiences isn’t a virtue among insurance company lawyers. Lack of physical therapy progress is usually their signal to try and stop paying medical benefits. Legal advocacy is more important than ever in these situations.
That being said, if a victim’s sponsoring physician says the victim has reached MMI, that’s probably an honest assessment. Additional total partial disability benefits usually include a lump sum payment based on the nature and extent of the disability. This payment covers future lost wages as well as future medical expenses.
Count on a Dedicated Rankin County Attorney
Injured workers are entitled to substantial benefits. For a free consultation with an experienced Jackson termination of benefits lawyer, contact Lunsford, Baskin & Priebe, PLLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.