In South Carolina workers' compensation claims, temporary total disability benefits are generally payable until such time that a physician deems the injured employee to have reached a point called "maximum medical improvement."
The phrase maximum medical improvement has both medical and legal significance. Medically, it means that curative medical treatment has ceased, and the injured party is essentially as good as he or she is going to get.
A determination from one physician could be disputed by another, though. For example, an orthopedic doctor could release a patient from care, but the neurologist may still be continuing treatment. There could also be disputes between an authorized treating physician (chosen by the patient) and an independent medical evaluation.
From a legal standpoint, Rock Hill workers' compensation claims will be heavily determinant on the date of maximum medical improvement, but there are also be considerations regarding the person's work history, skill sets and the employment market. There may also be consideration for whether there is permanent partial disability. In other words, the state will consider whether there are lifelong effects from the injury.
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