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With the prevalence of medical marijuana in the U.S. (23 states and counting), and with the variance of workers' compensation coverage from state-to-state, it's only natural to wonder whether your workers' comp covers medical marijuana. With the nation's pot laws seemingly changing by the day, it may be hard to keep track of what's legal and what's not.

We know we can't go to work stoned, but can we treat a work injury with legal weed? Let's take a look:

After a year of back and forth negotiations, countless doctor's visits, and lots of pain and suffering, your lawyer got you a settlement award for your personal injury claim.

Congratulations! You now get to pocket that money and go on your merry way. But, wait just a second. The tax man would like to speak with you real quick. Part of that settlement you got might belong to him.

So, is your personal injury settlement award really taxable?

If you believe you've been injured or harmed because of a mistaken diagnosis or poor medical treatment, your initial decisions could shape any possible legal claims you may have.

The first steps in a medical malpractice case can be critical, so let's take a look at what you should do if you're thinking of filing a claim.

With Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we do not lack for forums to share all of our troubles and joys with the world. Got injured at work? Post it on Facebook or Twitter. The stream of well wishing comments and commiserations will make you feel better. Or will it?

People have been fired for discussing work online. Thirteen Virgin Atlantic crew members were fired for insulting passengers and criticizing the company's sanitation and safety standards on Facebook. A California Pizza Kitchen server was fired for criticizing the company's new uniforms on its corporate Twitter account. A young woman was fired for a twitter post before she even started working. Obviously, your actions on social media can get you in trouble at work.

So, should you think twice about discussing your workers' compensation claim on Facebook?

If you've agreed to a settlement in your injury case, you may be wondering what happens if the other side doesn't live up to their end of the bargain. So how do you enforce a settlement agreement?

As it turns out, just expecting the other party to hold up their side of the deal might not be enough, and even requesting compliance in writing may not mean you'll get paid. So here are a couple considerations when it comes time to enforce a settlement agreement.

Workers' compensation programs are state specific. Each state has a different set of rules and requirements and grants different benefits.

So, what are the best and worst states for workers' compensation? It depends on what criteria you're looking at.

Nobody wants a back injury. It hurts! But, when a back injury prevents you from being able to do your job, the pain can be felt in your wallet as well as on your back.

Work related back injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), account for one-third of all work related injuries and illnesses each year. The average cost of a back injury worker's comp claim can be as high as $80,000. This covers the cost of medical care and missed work.

So, can you get workers' compensation for a back injury?

We trust doctors to be experts at their jobs. Mothers trust doctors with their babies' lives. But, what happens when a doctor fails in his duties? What if your baby is injured during birth? Can you sue?

Maryland's Court of Appeals recently upheld a $20.6 million jury award to a family whose son was severely disabled during birth. The suit claimed that doctors failed to perform a Cesarean section; the prolonged vaginal birth cut off the baby's oxygen, leaving the boy with cerebral palsy and requiring medical care for the rest of his life.

With over five birth injuries for every 1,000 babies born, many people have brought medical malpractice claims and birth injury lawsuits against doctors, nurses, and hospitals. So if your baby is injured at birth, do you have a case?

Top Personal Injury Questions From FindLaw Answers: March 2015

You've got questions... we've got answers. If you have not yet asked or answered a question in FindLaw's Answers community, what are you waiting for? This amazing free resource supports a dynamic community of legal consumers and attorneys helping each other out. Simple as that.

We see a lot of great questions in our Answers community every day. Here's a look at two recent questions from our accident and injury boards:

1. I was injured in a car accident caused by a city bus driver. Is it possible to sue the government? And if I can sue the government, is the process any different from suing a 'regular' (non-government) party?

Ever heard of the saying, "the king can do no wrong"? This question brings up the doctrine of sovereign immunity -- an old legal theory that basically protects the government from being sued without its own permission. Luckily for the original poster, many states have loosened these protections, and now allow people to file claims (personal injury, premises liability, etc.) for injuries caused by government entities.

It's happened to almost everyone. You parked your car in the grocery store's lot, and when you come out, a dreaded shopping cart is up against your car! Who is going to pay for the damage?

A New Jersey woman recently went head-to-head with Sam's Club, demanding that the store pay for damage to her car caused by two shopping carts. The woman had just parked her car when she saw two carts stacked together and a shouting Sam's Club employee zooming towards her car. Bam! The runaway carts hit her front bumper, causing over $1,000 in damage.

Sam's Club initially refused to pay for the woman's damages, NJ.com reports. The store claimed that a customer left the carts in the parking lot and the wind blew the carts towards her car, so they were not liable.

Should Sam's Club, or any store, be responsible for dents and dings caused by shopping carts?