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Pursuing a Claim for Bicycle Accident Injuries in Florida

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Residents of Florida are lucky in that they get to bike year-round. While a majority of the nation is forced to put their bicycles in storage come October, our year-round sunshine and mild temperatures enable us to admire the ocean views, green lawns, bayous, and other sites at a relaxed pace and without a… Read More »

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Do Your Duty: Know the Risks of Working in a Warehouse and How to Avoid Them

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Tampa is a major shipping destination, and as such, it is home to dozens of warehouses, docks, and power plants in which there is heavy machinery, conveyor belts, sharp tools, and dangerous materials. That said, while Tampa’s business environments are more dangerous than those of less industrial locations, that does not mean that workers… Read More »

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Florida Breed Specific Laws Dog Bite Victims Should Be Aware Of

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When it comes to owning a canine in the U.S., there are relatively few restrictions, as most dogs are considered to be “friendly” given the right training. However, one breed in particular is rarely given the benefit of the doubt, and that is the pit bull. Pit bulls, no matter how cute and cuddly… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation for Heat Exhaustion in Florida

By Stephen M. Barbas |

The average summertime temperature in Florida is in the low 90s, with an annual average of between 70 and 80 degrees. As a result, heat exhaustion for laborers is a very real concern in the Sunshine State, and it is not uncommon for workers to fall ill to heat-related illnesses. In an effort to… Read More »

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Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In recent years, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have increased in popularity, and many people now prefer to utilize such services over traditional taxi services. Because of its growth, more people are turning to these companies for flexible job options and the opportunity to earn extra income. At first glance, it seems… Read More »

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Can I Recover Lost Wages in a Florida Workers’ Compensation Case?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you have recently been injured on the job, and your injuries are inhibiting you from being able to work, you may be concerned about those wages you would have otherwise earned had you not been injured. If you are unable to work, it is natural to worry that you will not be able… Read More »

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Is It Better to Settle Your Car Accident Case Outside of Court?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you are considering whether or not to bring a case to court after a car accident, you may be wondering whether or not it is worth the extra time and legal fees. When it comes to car accidents, most cases never actually reach a courtroom and instead are settled after enough pressure from… Read More »

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Common Mistakes Injured Workers Make When Filing Their Claims

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Most people assume that when they are injured on the job, they are guaranteed compensation via a workers’ compensation claim. While it is true that it is easier to obtain workers’ compensation than it is to obtain a settlement for a non-work-related injury, it is foolish to think that compensation is automatic in work-related… Read More »

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Dealing With Back Pain After a Work-Related Accident

By Stephen M. Barbas |

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries lead to more lost days of work than any other work injury or illness, accounting for 43 percent of all work-related injuries. Humans are not infallible creatures, and we are susceptible to injury after putting our bodies through even the slightest strain. Our backs are… Read More »

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Florida House Passes Law to Make PTSD Compensable for First Responders

By Stephen M. Barbas |

First responders, like firefighters, EMS, and police officers, are witness to a number of tragic events on an annual basis, yet, they are expected to move on and “forget about” each event as if they never happened. Or, at least they were. Beginning in October of this year, the state of Florida will officially… Read More »

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