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Getting Workers’ Compensation For Injuries After or Before Work Hours

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When the country shut down because of COVID, more and more Florida workers found themselves working from home. Many restrictions have been lifted, but many employers have continued to allow employees to work from home. With so many people now working from home (or perhaps, a hybrid of home and in office work), it… Read More »

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Dram Shop Laws: When a Bar is Responsible for a Drunk Driver’s Behavior

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Florida law punished people who get behind the wheel drunk, and cause accidents, both through criminal law, and civil, personal injury laws. But oftentimes, the responsibility for an accident is not just the person who drove intoxicated, but the business, bar or establishment that served the drink to the person. From a bar or… Read More »

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Car Accidents on the Job: Personal Injury or Workers’ Compensation?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We often talk about workers’ compensation and car accidents separately, because an entirely different system of medical treatment, benefits, payments, and damages are available in both. They are governed by separate laws and statutes. But what happens when they intersect—specifically, what happens when you are involved in a car accident on the job? Car… Read More »

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims are Being Denied at an Alarming Rate

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We expect workers’ compensation insurers to deny claims. That’s how insurance companies save money, by denying claims, and forcing injured workers to file claims and lawsuits in order to get their workers’ compensation insurance. But insurers are stooping to a new low, in denying claims being made by workers on the frontline of the… Read More »

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Can You Get Workers’ Compensation for Injuries Because of Workplace Violence

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When we’ve discussed getting workers’ compensation for workplace accidents, we tend to think of just the word “accident.” But what if you’re injured at work because of something other than an accident—specifically, what if you are injured as a result of violence in the workplace? An assault, a battery, or some kind of criminal… Read More »

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What is Negligence Per Se?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Many people are under the mistaken belief that to be negligent, and thus liable to pay damages for someone else’s personal injuries, that you must have broken a law, rule, or statute. In fact, negligence does not require that a law be broken—it only requires that someone failed to act as a reasonable and… Read More »

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How and When Are Experts Used in an Injury Case?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We hear a lot about expert witnesses, and what kind of expert witnesses should be used for a given case. But what are expert witnesses, and how and when are they used in actual trials? Knowing how to select, prepare, and hire the right expert witnesses can make or break your case. What Expert… Read More »

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Jobs That Don’t Seem Dangerous, But Are

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you work in some professions or jobs, you may not think much about workers’ compensation. After all, you don’t work in a “dangerous” job. When you think of jobs where the likelihood of injury is high, you probably think about construction workers, police and emergency responders, electricians or warehouse workers. And you would… Read More »

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What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Do I Need It?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you are in a car accident that is caused by someone else, you just assume that there is someone else to sue—after all, someone else caused the accident. But what if there is nobody to sue? What if you don’t know who caused an accident? This is where your uninsured motorist policy comes… Read More »

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Why Truthful Answers on Medical Questionnaires Matter in Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Let’s say that you are applying for a new job. Like many jobs, this job requires that you fill out a mound of forms. The list of forms is almost never ending to the point that you start to zone out and get a little numb. You zone out so much that when it… Read More »

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