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What is an Idiopathic Injury and How Can it Affect Workers’ Compensation Claims?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

According to the International Risk Management Institute, idiopathic injuries are those that arise spontaneously and have no identifiable cause. Typically, the condition is a trait or disorder that is unique to the injured party and that could have arisen at anytime and anywhere regardless of in which activities the injured party participated. If an… Read More »

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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 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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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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