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Is medical cannabis an option for workers with chronic pain?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2022 | Work Injury Treatment

There could be a variety of scenarios in which you might suffer severe injuries while on the job. Health conditions stemming from work-related incidents can occur in an instant or build up over time, and the fallout of similar health concerns could take a significant toll on your well-being and quality of life.

If your injuries lead to chronic pain and suffering that disrupts your life in various ways, you might be wondering about the available options to help treat your condition. Medical cannabis treatments could help manage your pain, and recent changes in Minnesota laws have expanded the approved use of such treatments.

Authorized use of medical cannabis

Reports indicate that recent changes to Minnesota laws have expanded the approved usage of medical cannabis treatments across the state. These changes could cover a variety of health conditions involving chronic pain, including health concerns such as macular degeneration. While some conditions might not fall under the list of approved health concerns, officials advise that such treatments may be a viable path for many of those in search of chronic pain relief.

After suffering serious injuries during a work-related incident, you might spend months or even years searching for a way to manage the pain. While medical cannabis treatments could provide much-needed relief for your suffering, you may have concerns about whether you would be eligible to pursue similar paths of care. You may also wonder whether seeking similar treatment paths might affect your ability to seek benefits through the workers’ compensation insurance system or if this treatment might disrupt the benefits you currently receive.

Protecting your rights

While medical cannabis treatments could help manage the pain of work-related injuries, you might not want it to affect your ability to seek financial aid. However, it may not be necessary to choose between pain relief and financial stability, as both factors can have a significant influence on your quality of life.

When facing similar concerns, it could be in your best interests to seek insight on your available options and on how to protect your legal rights. Such guidance may prove integral to helping you ultimately receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled.