Maximum Medical Cure Law and Legal Definition

The term maximum medical care refers to the medical treatment, hospitalization, rehabilitation and therapy that is needed until a patient has recovered from his/her illness or injuries to the fullest extent that is medically possible. For instance, the Jones Act allows compensation for illness or injury until the patient has reached the maximum medical cure. A seaman is considered to have reached maximum medical cure when his/her condition will no longer improve despite further medical treatment. If a seaman becomes permanently disabled, then treatment does not entitle him/her to any further maintenance and cure. However, despite this rule, courts often pass judgments in favor of the injured seaman.