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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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Can Your Workers’ Compensation Settlement be Used to Pay Back Owed Child Support?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

So you have settled or won your workers’ compensation case, and part of the settlement calls for you to receive a lump sum of money, perhaps to compensate you for previous lost wages not paid, or an early cutoff of benefits, or benefits that were unpaid but should have been paid. Your attorney goes… Read More »

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What Happens if Workers’ Compensation Makes an Overpayment?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you think of mistakes that workers’ compensation insurance makes, you tend to think of underpayments, or refusals to pay. In most cases, lawsuits and litigation related to workers’ compensation have to do with compelling the compensation insurance company to pay more, or to continue paying benefits. But what if your workers’ compensation company… Read More »

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Help! The Judge in My Case Doesn’t Seem Impartial!

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When judges don’t rule in people’s favor, many victims (litigants) tend to think that the judge must be biased or prejudiced (by prejudiced, we mean prejudiced towards or against one side of a lawsuit or another). Crazy theories can arise about why the judge doesn’t like a party in an injury lawsuit. Parties to… Read More »

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Your Employer May Be Able to Take Inconsistent Positions in Denying You Benefits

By Stephen M. Barbas |

A recent case decided by a Florida appellate court threatens to make it easier for employers to deny their employees workers’ compensation benefits when the employer denies that the injury is covered by workers’ compensation at all. The case has to do with workers’ compensation immunity, and the ability of a worker to sue… Read More »

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You Can Sue Parties That Aren’t Directly Involved in Your Accident

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When someone injures us out of carelessness or negligence, we often think of suing the party that was directly negligent, as we obviously should. For example, if someone hits you in a car, suing the driver is a pretty obvious legal strategy. However, there are some situations where the driver of a car may… Read More »

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Does a Business Have to Provide Defibrillators?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Heart attacks and cardiac arrest are both conditions that often occur naturally. Other than in extraordinary circumstances, it doesn’t make sense to hold a business liable for someone who has a heart attack on their property. However, there is a growing body of law that allows a victim of a heart attack or his… Read More »

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Coefficient of Friction and Slip and Fall Accidents

By Stephen M. Barbas |

People can slip and fall for many reasons. In typical fall cases, we just assume that there is a substance or material on the floor which causes someone to fall, and that is often the case. But that is not the only way people fall. Often, people fall simply because the floor where they… Read More »

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Reaching MMI and Your Impairment Rating Can Affect Your Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you are injured on the job and you get treatment, it may seem like you will never recover. The road can seem long and difficult, but with most injuries, at least some level of improvement can be expected. But how much? And when does a doctor know when you have recovered as much… Read More »

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