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Electrical Hazards At Construction Sites

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Construction sites are fraught with dangers, some more obvious than others. While most workers are taught to be wary of scaffolding, heavy machinery, power tools, and saws, many are not informed of the very real dangers of electricity. At least, those who do not regularly work with electricity are not. Yet, linemen and electricians… Read More »

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Is Your Workers’ Compensation Company Monitoring You?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If your employer suspects you are guilty of workers’ compensation fraud, it may hire a private investigator to watch over you. It is not uncommon for employers to do this for employees who file workers’ compensation claims, especially if a worker’s story changes from one telling to the next, does not add up with… Read More »

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What Does Wrongful Termination Look Like?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you work hard, are genuinely good at your job, get along with your coworkers, and have zero issues with your employer, being suddenly terminated can raise a lot of questions, the biggest of which is why? Was it something you said? Something you did or did not do? Could you have done something… Read More »

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What Are Your Rights to Overtime in Florida?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When it comes to overtime laws, Florida is pretty lax, especially compared to California, Nevada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia – four states and territories with the best overtime laws for employees. In fact, Florida is one of the few states that does not have its own set of state laws governing… Read More »

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What Are Secondary Injuries, and Will Workers’ Comp Cover Them?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Secondary injuries are injuries that occur as a direct consequence of a work-related injury and are therefore considered to be subsequent work injuries, not separate. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers or insurance companies to deny benefits for secondary injuries, claiming that they are in fact separate, and often telling injured workers that… Read More »

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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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