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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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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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Do Your Duty: Know the Risks of Working in a Warehouse and How to Avoid Them

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Tampa is a major shipping destination, and as such, it is home to dozens of warehouses, docks, and power plants in which there is heavy machinery, conveyor belts, sharp tools, and dangerous materials. That said, while Tampa’s business environments are more dangerous than those of less industrial locations, that does not mean that workers… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation for Heat Exhaustion in Florida

By Stephen M. Barbas |

The average summertime temperature in Florida is in the low 90s, with an annual average of between 70 and 80 degrees. As a result, heat exhaustion for laborers is a very real concern in the Sunshine State, and it is not uncommon for workers to fall ill to heat-related illnesses. In an effort to… Read More »

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Are Uber and Lyft Drivers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In recent years, ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have increased in popularity, and many people now prefer to utilize such services over traditional taxi services. Because of its growth, more people are turning to these companies for flexible job options and the opportunity to earn extra income. At first glance, it seems… Read More »

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Can I Recover Lost Wages in a Florida Workers’ Compensation Case?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you have recently been injured on the job, and your injuries are inhibiting you from being able to work, you may be concerned about those wages you would have otherwise earned had you not been injured. If you are unable to work, it is natural to worry that you will not be able… Read More »

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Common Mistakes Injured Workers Make When Filing Their Claims

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Most people assume that when they are injured on the job, they are guaranteed compensation via a workers’ compensation claim. While it is true that it is easier to obtain workers’ compensation than it is to obtain a settlement for a non-work-related injury, it is foolish to think that compensation is automatic in work-related… Read More »

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Dealing With Back Pain After a Work-Related Accident

By Stephen M. Barbas |

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries lead to more lost days of work than any other work injury or illness, accounting for 43 percent of all work-related injuries. Humans are not infallible creatures, and we are susceptible to injury after putting our bodies through even the slightest strain. Our backs are… Read More »

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Florida House Passes Law to Make PTSD Compensable for First Responders

By Stephen M. Barbas |

First responders, like firefighters, EMS, and police officers, are witness to a number of tragic events on an annual basis, yet, they are expected to move on and “forget about” each event as if they never happened. Or, at least they were. Beginning in October of this year, the state of Florida will officially… Read More »

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Reasons Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Denied

By Stephen M. Barbas |

You were injured on the job, filed a workers’ compensation claim, and expected to be compensated within days. After all, workers’ compensation is guaranteed, right? Wrong. Though most work-related injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation (when the employer has workers’ comp), certain factors may affect eligibility. At Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian, we… Read More »

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