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Do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Personal Injury Claims?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Many personal injury claims begin with the assumption that the plaintiff was in a state of perfect health when he or she was injured. However, that notion is quickly dispelled as medical tests are done and assessments performed. A thorough patient examination and review of a person’s medical history might reveal that a victim… Read More »

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Your Rights as an Injured Cruise Ship Worker

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Many people assume that working on a cruise ship is a glamorous job, but the truth is that cruise ship work is laborious, tiring, and even dangerous. Cruise ship workers work around a lot of heavy-duty equipment and hazardous conditions. To make matters worse, their work environment is constantly moving, and workers may find… Read More »

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Is Lane-Splitting in Florida Legal?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Lane-splitting refers to a motorcycle-operator maneuver that involves driving the bike between two lanes of slower-moving or stopped vehicles. In some states, such as California, the operation is legal as it serves to keep traffic moving. However, in Florida, lane-splitting is illegal, and if a motorcyclist causes an accident because he or she is… Read More »

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Can Pedestrians Be Held Liable for Their Injuries?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

According to the CDC, in 2015, approximately one pedestrian died every hour in the United States in a vehicle-related accident. That same year, approximately 129,000 pedestrians were treated for non-fatal injuries that occurred in vehicle-related accidents. Those numbers have remained more or less the same over the past three years. While vehicle operators are… Read More »

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What Are “Intervening Injuries” and How Do They Impact You?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

An intervening injury is one that a person develops after and apart from the injuries that prompted his or her workers’ compensation claim. For example, if you sustained a neck injury in a work-related accident, but then later, while still receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you are involved in a car accident, the doctor may… Read More »

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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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