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Why Are Workers’ Compensation Claims Denied?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

The system of workers’ compensation is supposed to be relatively easy. Florida law is designed for workers to have quick and easy access to quick medical care, without having to prove any liability or negligence. Yet, there are workers’ compensation cases filed all the time. Why do these cases happen? How do people end… Read More »

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Employee or Contractor? It Matters in Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In Florida, businesses of four or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This is just a general rule, and there are exceptions (for example, a construction company with any employee must provide workers’ compensation insurance). If you are in a situation where your employer claims that it does not have to… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Can Help With Lost Wages

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Workers’ compensation helps people access medical care when they’re injured on the job, and helps them pay for the medical expenses attendant to that care. But what about lost wages? Paying for medical care is certainly needed, but it doesn’t help if you can’t feed yourself or your family while you are sitting in… Read More »

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Volunteering? You May Be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In almost every case, and in almost every full time job, employers must provide workers’ compensation to employees. But what about volunteers? Many volunteers work as hard or harder than paid employees, and many do so in conditions that may be dangerous. Yet by definition, volunteers are not paid. Does that mean that they… Read More »

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Can You Choose Your Own Workers’ Compensation Doctor?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you are injured, you go to the doctor—not just any doctor, but the doctor that you want to go to. This seems to be a very well respected concept in the American healthcare system. However, in the world of workers’ compensation, this is not always the case; injured workers often have little or… Read More »

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What Does it Mean to Be Injured While On the Job?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In law, definitions matter, and often, arguments arise over what appear to be even the simplest of words. One such word or phrase that is often argued about in court, is what an on the job injury is, for the purposes of receiving workers’ compensation benefits. This seems like an easy thing to define,… Read More »

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Cancer and Workers’ Compensation Claims

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Although cancer is a horrific disease that affects people’s lives every day, the requirements of workers’ compensation laws can make it difficult to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for a cancer claim. This is because of the requirement that an injury or disease be the result of an employee’s work. Cumulative Disease or Injury When… Read More »

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Can Your Employer Punish You for Making a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

There are many people who refuse to get treatment after an injury on the job. They may have their own reasons, although few reasons are valid given how important it is to get help for yourself as soon as possible. One reason which sounds like it has legal validity, is the fear of an… Read More »

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What to Do After a Work-Related Injury

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you are an employee in Florida, it is more than likely that your employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance if you injure yourself on the job. If reported and filed a workers’ compensation claim can help you recover lost wages and pay for medical expenses associated with the injury. Included in… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court rules on Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

In 2016, the Florida Supreme Court decided two cases that have lasting effects on the state’s workers’ compensation system. Some people are questioning the rulings of the state’s highest court, but one study found that the changes instituted by actually align Florida more closely with other states’ workers’ compensation plans. The Workers’ Compensation Research… Read More »

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