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Why You Shouldn’t Settle Your Case With the Other Driver at the Scene of the Accident

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In many kinds of car accidents, people who cause those accidents, will make offers, there on the spot, to pay for some or all of the damages of the other driver (the victim). This can be a tempting (and easy) offer to accept. But be wary, because accepting an offer for money at the… Read More »

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Sovereign Immunity: How and When You Can Sue the State

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We often hear in the news about people who sue the government, or how the government owes people money when a government agency is found to be negligent and to have caused a victim’s injuries. But we often take that fact for granted—because in many countries, it is actually forbidden to sue the government…. Read More »

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The Dangers of Recreational Drones

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Drones: They’re a fun and unique activity. But they also can be dangerous. Although more and more people have and use them, and although they are sold in almost every hobby or toy store you can find, drones aren’t just your average toy. They are high speed machines that often are poorly controlled, and… Read More »

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Minivan Safety Isn’t What You Think it Is

By Stephen M. Barbas |

There are some vehicles that we drive, that we just assume are safe. That assumption may not actually be based on any fact or reality, but we just have a sense that one type of vehicle is safer than another kind. The “Safe” Minivan This is the case with the minivan. Designed and marketed… Read More »

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Safety in Venues With Large Crowds and Crowd Surge Injuries: What Goes Wrong?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

With all the events that happen that involve large crowds, from concerns to sporting events, we often overlook the security that goes into those events—and how easily things can go out of control, and end up injuring people when the proper security measures aren’t in place. Deaths at the Travis Scott Concert Nowhere was… Read More »

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Why is Qualified Immunity so Controversial?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Whenever there are incidents of police brutality in the news, or situations where police use excessive force, you often hear a lot about something called qualified immunity. The immunity is so controversial that it even gets mentioned in presidential and political debates. But what is it, and why is it so important—especially in police… Read More »

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Knee Airbags? Don’t Get Too Confident if They Are in Your Car

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you are in a vehicle you are probably aware of most of the most popular safety features that are in those vehicles. But one safety feature you may not be aware of, are what are known as knee airbags. What are Knee Airbags? As the name implies, knee airbags are just airbags but… Read More »

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Women Aren’t Being Represented in Typical Crash Tests

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Whenever there is news of the crashworthiness of a vehicle, inside of the vehicle, you often see those (sometimes yellow) looking fake people—mannequins, or dummies. But although they look like listless, stuffed or plastic shaped humans, the way a department store may use for a display, those dummies are actually very technically advanced. And… Read More »

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Will I Owe Taxes on my Personal Injury Settlement?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

So you’ve settled your personal injury case, and you pocketed whatever amount is coming to you as your compensation for your damages. But you may have forgotten about one, final bill that you may have to pay from the proceeds of your settlement: Taxes. That’s right, the government may want some money from your… Read More »

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Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes After a Slip and Fall

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Let’s say that you fall in a store or on someone else’s property. You are the victim. They did something wrong, to cause you to fall. It can be hard to imagine that you could do anything wrong to harm a case, should you choose to bring one later on to compensate you for… Read More »

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