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Michigan workers comp lawyer discusses legislation that would exempt employers from having to provide medical marijuana for a work injury.

Michigan voters in 2008 approved a ballot initiative that legalizes the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for medical reasons. Federal law still makes this practice illegal.

The issue of medical marijuana is very controversial. Many people oppose its use for any purpose. Others believe it is essential to treat individuals with specific medical conditions.

Senate Bill 0933 would make clear that an employer is not required to reimburse charges for medical marijuana treatment under workers comp. This legislation has been passed by the Senate and awaits action by the House.

Medical treatment under workers comp

Access to medical care is one of the most important benefits under workers comp. The employer or its insurance company is responsible for paying all medical care that is reasonable and necessary. Medical can be paid for life.

Medical care includes visits to the doctor, surgery, hospital stays, medication, physical therapy, and attendant care. Prosthetics, eyeglasses, hearing aids, wheelchairs, and other appliances should also be covered.

Some employers and insurance companies are worried about having to pay for medical marijuana treatment. Senate Bill 0933 was introduced in response to those concerns.

Have your opinion heard

Changes to workers comp could have unintended consequences. If an employer is not responsible for payment of medical marijuana, does this mean the treatment is invalid? What happens if a person fails a drug test and is fired? We encourage you to contact your state representatives and voice your opinion.

To speak with one of our workers comp lawyers, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. We will fight to protect your legal rights and you never pay a fee unless you are successful with your case.

– Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers comp benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

Related information:

Senate Bill 0933 (2012)

12/01/2012

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Jeffrey E. Kaufman
Michigan Workers Comp Attorney

Jeffrey E. Kaufman has extensive experience in workers compensation cases and has recovered millions of dollars in benefits for his clients. He believes all injured workers deserve to be on equal footing with insurance companies and employers, and fights tenaciously so their rights are secured and protected.


“Jeff also helped me with getting my Blue Cross bills paid. I would absolutely recommend him and the whole firm. Jeff and the firm did everything they were supposed to do for me and my case.”
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