Medical Marijuana: Florida to Allow Use

Pain is a part of life, but for accident victims it can become a way of life if they do not get the proper treatment.  On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill making the Sunshine State the 23rd state in the country to allow for the use of medical marijuana. This low-THC, non-euphoric strain of marijuana, will be used as a treatment for conditions including pain, cancer, epilepsy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. This is a coup for proponents of medicinal marijuana usage as well as those battling debilitating illnesses.

According to information from the American Pain Society, chronic pain syndromes can encompass the physical, pathological, neurobiological, social, and psychological points in the body. The study suggests that the primary origins of pain are internal organs, skin and deep tissue, and nerves. Regardless of where the pain is radiating from, its existence can make the daily movements of life unbearable for the pain sufferer.

Imagine for a moment that it is a typical Saturday afternoon. You are running your errands and making great progress. You enter the local grocery store and as you are shopping, you slip in a puddle of water and fall flat on your back. The pain is excruciating, the paramedics are called, and you are transported to the hospital for evaluation. The attending physician tells you that there is some bruising, he writes a prescription for pain, and you are sent on your way. Several months later you are not only faced with calls from the hospital regarding payment, but also the out-of-pocket expenses associated with the continued use of the pain medication. And, to top it all off, the pain is not being alleviated. Each day you have to contend with the agony. This scenario is a reality facing many accident victims suffering from chronic pain.

The good news is that most individuals in situations similar to this one can be relieved of their pain with the proper care and appropriate resources to pay for it.  Sadly, these are the same resources that many insurance companies try to withhold or talk accident victims out of in order to protect their own profits. There is no consideration for the well-being of or the restoration to health for the injured individual.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall or other type of accident, do not underestimate the long-term effect your injuries can have on you. Lost wages, medical expenditures, and long-term rehabilitation are just some of the ways you can be affected. You may even find that you need surgical procedures to correct the ailments.

Speak with a premises liability attorney for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your situation. All cases are unique and require the individual care and attention that only a specialist in this field can offer. The attorneys at Steinger, Greene, & Feiner are the specialists. They offer an unparalleled level of expertise and will work on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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MICHAEL S. STEINGER, founding partner of Steinger, Greene & Feiner, believes in representing real people, not big businesses. Since the firm’s creation in 1997, Steinger, Greene & Feiner has never represented an insurance company or large corporation, and he vows to keep this promise. Over the course of his career, Michael has handled thousands of Florida accident cases, recovering millions of dollars for his clients and earning him membership into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Staying up-to-date on the ever-evolving laws protecting injury victims and their families, Michael is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Bar Associations, and sits on the Auto Insurance Committee of the Florida Justice Association.