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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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Who is Liable for Swimming Pool Injuries in Tampa?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Summer is a great time to sit out by the pool and enjoy the warm weather, especially in a water-friendly state like Florida. Unfortunately, having a pool in one’s backyard also comes with responsibility for potential dangers. Three children a day lose their lives in swimming pool accidents, and it only takes a few… Read More »

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Youth Violence

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When cell phone video revealed several girls attacking a 14-year-old peer in a Boca Raton park in December 2017, viewers were outraged. Some claim it was a hate crime inspired by Islamophobia; others say it was no more than a tussle over a boyfriend. Whatever the motivation, the images of hair pulling and flying… Read More »

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On the Other Side of Personal Injury: When Burglars Sue You

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We’ve all heard the stories about burglaries gone wrong: the criminal enters a home or business, only to find a property owner unwilling to submit to the criminal and more than willing to take care of business using whatever means necessary. Cases like these happen now and then, and we hear stories of lawsuits… Read More »

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Understanding Legal Lingo in a Personal Injury Case

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Medical bills are piling up following a serious injury. To make matters worse, you are unable to return to work, so your earning power is severely diminished. On top of the physical anguish you’re suffering, you can feel your mental and emotional health sinking in distress. Is there any chance for compensation to assist… Read More »

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When Asbestos Exposure Results in Personal Injury

By Stephen M. Barbas |

After years as a productive worker, you find yourself suffering from a serious respiratory disease. The truth is, many industries spent decades exposing workers to asbestos before research came out linking the substance to cancer and other serious respiratory illnesses. Asbestos-related diseases can come from a number of places, but occupational exposure is the… Read More »

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Amusement Park Accidents

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Ferris wheels, hot dogs, salt-water taffy, roller coasters, and the sounds of the surf in the background: Florida’s boardwalk was designed for safe, family fun. Ever since the end of the Civil War, boardwalks have provided a relatively inexpensive place to escape humdrum days spent in the factory, or, more recently, fast paced urban… Read More »

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Do You Have A Personal Injury Claim?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Every year, millions of people are injured through the negligence or recklessness of other individuals. In cases like those, it is common for there to be a personal injury claim, a request for compensation justified when a victim experiences injury or losses caused by somebody else’s conduct. Personal injury claims are made in auto… Read More »

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Special Issues with Facial Injuries

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Facial injuries can be devastating and traumatic.  In the personal injury context, they are different from other types of injuries; the very appearance of a scar, a wound, or disfigurement may need to be compensated.  Much more than visible damage to other parts of the body, facial injuries can cause emotional distress, affect quality… Read More »

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Need to Sue the Government?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Not every personal injury case involves suing an individual or a business.  For instance, medical malpractice at the hands of a VA doctor, an auto accident in a collision with some federal agents, or slipping and falling on government property could all potentially become personal injury cases against the government.  Many people are under… Read More »

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