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Things You Didn’t Know About Personal Injury Protection

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, is the mandatory insurance that all drivers are required to carry. PIP protects you and provides you money for medical care and treatment, and for lost wages. Many people just lump PIP in with “car insurance,” but PIP is a very special and very specific kind of insurance. Even… Read More »

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The Complex Relationship Between Defendants And Insurance Companies

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you sue a Defendant, you may be a little confused, because often we talk about the Defendant in an injury case, and then other times, we talk about the insurance company. You may even hear your own injury attorney speak about the Defendant, but also about the insurance company. But which is it—are… Read More »

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Don’t Forget Those Jury Instructions

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In a personal injury trial, it is the jury that is charged with having to resolve disputed issues of fact. Fundamental questions like who did what, who said what, or how injured you are, all issues that may be disputed by the other side will ultimately be decided by the jury. Applying the Facts… Read More »

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Elevators May Not Be As Safe As You Think

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We don’t often think of going into an elevator as being a dangerous activity. And for the most part it isn’t; elevators don’t injure very many people. But they do cause injury more than we think, and the image of elevators being safe—at least, safer than the stairs—may not be entirely accurate. Accuracy is… Read More »

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The Importance Of Notice In Slip And Fall Cases

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When little kids get into trouble, the first thing they often say in their defense is “but I didn’t know!” They may say they didn’t know the rules, or they didn’t know what they were doing was wrong, or that they just weren’t aware of the situation so as to be held responsible for… Read More »

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Pedestrian Avoidance Technology Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Today’s cars advertise the number and extent of technological safety features that they have. Whether included in the base price, or as upgrades, cars can almost avoid crashes on their own, even when the driver isn’t paying attention. Pedestrian Avoidance Technology But much of that technology has to do with avoiding collisions with other… Read More »

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Should You Settle Your Case? Consider These Factors

By Stephen M. Barbas |

You may already know that many personal injury cases settle long before they ever get to trial in front of a jury. But your case can’t settle without your prior approval. How do you know what you should settle your case, or when you should take your case all the way to trial? An… Read More »

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When Falling Apart Is Good: Your Car’s Crumple Zones

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Let’s imagine that after a car accident, you look at the damage done to one of the cars in the accident, and it just looks like it’s a mess. It’s crushed, dented in, with pieces everywhere. You’d probably think that the car is a failure, when it comes to safety. But actually, and counterintuitively,… Read More »

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That Independent Medical Exam Isn’t So Independent

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you are in an accident, you go to your doctor. Your doctor’s records, and perhaps your doctor testifying in court, will provide evidence of how injured you are, your medical treatment, and your prognosis for the future. But the Defendant will also have expert doctors, testifying to the opposite—namely, that you aren’t as… Read More »

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Be Smart, And Safe On A Bicycle

By Stephen M. Barbas |

The year 2020 was a year of contradictions when it came to accidents. Just as people started to stay at home and business closed because of Pandemic related shutdowns, so too did accidents of all kinds, go up. Included in that statistic are accidents involving bicyclists. Cycling Accidents Are on the Rise The National… Read More »

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