Will Workers’ Compensation Cover Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is legal in Florida…

…but is it covered by workers’ comp?

 

In 2001, Patrick Shawn Jones was working for Grace Healthcare when he injured his back in a work-related accident. His physician, Dr. Allan Honculada, diagnosed him with chronic pain syndrome and prescribed oral painkillers, which Jones took for more than 15 years.

But in 2017, Jones grew dissatisfied with the side effects of the prescription medications and asked his doctor whether cannabis would be a better alternative.

Dr. Honculada issued a referral to a medical marijuana doctor for an examination. Yet when Jones asked his employer to authorize this referral, his request was denied. A Judge of Compensation Claims (JCC) upheld this decision. Read more

Maximum Medical Improvement: What Does That Mean?
Maximum Medical Improvement: What Does That Mean?

You’ve reached MMI…but what does that mean?

Here’s an explanation of Maximum Medical Improvement and what it means for your case.

 

If you’re dealing with a workers’ compensation claim, you’ve probably heard your doctor talk about Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).

And like so much in the workers’ comp world, you might have been completely lost as to what this term means.

Your MMI date is an important factor in understanding your work related injury and its effects on your life.

In this article, we’ll answer the following questions:

  • What is Maximum Medical Improvement?
  • What happens after I reach Maximum Medical Improvement?
  • Can my condition change later?
  • Should I settle my case?
  • What rights am I entitled to?

As always, if you have questions regarding your specific case, contact an attorney.

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Is Workers' Comp Taxable?
Is Workers Compensation Taxable?

Your workers comp benefits are designed to replace your income…

…but is workers compensation taxable?

 

You already know that you have to pay taxes on most forms of income: salary, inheritance, lottery winnings, and even game show prizes. But where do your workers’ comp payments come in?

Workers’ compensation payments are designed to replace any wages you might have lost as a result of a workplace accident or illness, but these benefits are a significant reduction from your previous paycheck. Will you have to give Uncle Sam his cut and lose even more money?

In short, you want to know: “is workers compensation taxable?” Read more

How Does Workers Comp Work?

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you have probably been told that you’re entitled to receive workers’ comp benefits. But compensation claims are complicated, and most people scratch their heads and wonder, “How does workers comp work?”

Whether you know it as workers’ compensation, workers’ comp, or workman’s comp (spoiler alert: they’re all the same thing), there is a lot you should be aware of before you navigate this often-confusing industry.

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I Have a Pre-Existing Injury...Can I Still Get Workers Compensation?
I Have a Pre-Existing Injury…Can I Still Get Workers Compensation?

The workers’ compensation program was designed to benefit both workers and employers. Injured employees are given medical treatment and lost wage benefits to help them recover, while employers are given protection from personal injury (negligence) lawsuits.

This system is designed to work without legal involvement, but unfortunately, instances occur when you need the guidance and assistance of an attorney.

For instance, what if you have a pre-existing injury…can you still get workers compensation? This is one issue that isn’t quite so cut-and-dry, yet it’s one that Florida workers struggle with on a daily basis. Read more

How Long Does Workers' Comp Last?
How Long Does Workers’ Comp Last?

Many employees rely on workers’ comp to provide them with assistance in the event they are hurt at work. While some injuries are relatively simple with no long-term side effects, others take years to recover from (if at all).

So how can you be sure that you will receive workers’ compensation benefits long enough to fully recover from your injuries? How long does workers’ comp last?

At The Law Office of Brian D. Tadros, it’s important to us that all injured workers are given accurate information regarding their workers’ compensation claim so they can make educated decisions.

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