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Why Are Workers’ Compensation Claims Denied?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

The system of workers’ compensation is supposed to be relatively easy. Florida law is designed for workers to have quick and easy access to quick medical care, without having to prove any liability or negligence. Yet, there are workers’ compensation cases filed all the time. Why do these cases happen? How do people end… Read More »

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Employee or Contractor? It Matters in Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In Florida, businesses of four or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This is just a general rule, and there are exceptions (for example, a construction company with any employee must provide workers’ compensation insurance). If you are in a situation where your employer claims that it does not have to… Read More »

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Are Hold Harmless Agreements Enforceable?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

You see them and likely sign them every time you engage in a high risk activity, send your child on a school field trip, or even go to the local indoor park: hold harmless agreements. They are long, seemingly complex documents that we often sign off on in a hurry, without taking much time… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Can Help With Lost Wages

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Workers’ compensation helps people access medical care when they’re injured on the job, and helps them pay for the medical expenses attendant to that care. But what about lost wages? Paying for medical care is certainly needed, but it doesn’t help if you can’t feed yourself or your family while you are sitting in… Read More »

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Volunteering? You May Be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In almost every case, and in almost every full time job, employers must provide workers’ compensation to employees. But what about volunteers? Many volunteers work as hard or harder than paid employees, and many do so in conditions that may be dangerous. Yet by definition, volunteers are not paid. Does that mean that they… Read More »

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Why You Should Care About Jury Instructions

By Stephen M. Barbas |

A personal injury attorney can work tirelessly on your case, getting it ready for trial. Your attorney can have witnesses lined up, evidence prepared, and be ready to cross examine the Defendant’s witnesses. But many attorneys fail to prepare for one of the most important, but overlooked, part of a personal injury trial: jury… Read More »

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Permanent Injuries in Car Accidents: Why They Matter

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Florida law requires drivers to carry insurance. However, the law does not require that drivers carry just any kind of insurance, but requires that they carry what is known as personal injury protection (PIP), sometimes also called “no fault insurance.” No fault insurance has its benefits, but for those injured in a car accident,… Read More »

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Can You Choose Your Own Workers’ Compensation Doctor?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you are injured, you go to the doctor—not just any doctor, but the doctor that you want to go to. This seems to be a very well respected concept in the American healthcare system. However, in the world of workers’ compensation, this is not always the case; injured workers often have little or… Read More »

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Trampoline Park Safety Comes Into Question

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Nowadays, anything that is called an “extreme sport” is super popular. These activities have become so popular they have moved indoors, into large retail centers where adults and kids can get exercise and play. One popular activity is the trampoline park. However, these popular businesses have some hidden dangers that consumers should be aware… Read More »

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How Will I Pay My Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Immediately after a car accident, you may have a lot of concerns. The least of your worries—at least in the short term—may be the medical expenses that your treatment is costing you. At some point, those expenses will become due, or you will need a procedure that is exorbitantly costly. How does someone in… Read More »

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