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Getting Workers’ Compensation For Injuries After or Before Work Hours

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When the country shut down because of COVID, more and more Florida workers found themselves working from home. Many restrictions have been lifted, but many employers have continued to allow employees to work from home. With so many people now working from home (or perhaps, a hybrid of home and in office work), it… Read More »

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Car Accidents on the Job: Personal Injury or Workers’ Compensation?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We often talk about workers’ compensation and car accidents separately, because an entirely different system of medical treatment, benefits, payments, and damages are available in both. They are governed by separate laws and statutes. But what happens when they intersect—specifically, what happens when you are involved in a car accident on the job? Car… Read More »

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Claims are Being Denied at an Alarming Rate

By Stephen M. Barbas |

We expect workers’ compensation insurers to deny claims. That’s how insurance companies save money, by denying claims, and forcing injured workers to file claims and lawsuits in order to get their workers’ compensation insurance. But insurers are stooping to a new low, in denying claims being made by workers on the frontline of the… Read More »

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Can You Get Workers’ Compensation for Injuries Because of Workplace Violence

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When we’ve discussed getting workers’ compensation for workplace accidents, we tend to think of just the word “accident.” But what if you’re injured at work because of something other than an accident—specifically, what if you are injured as a result of violence in the workplace? An assault, a battery, or some kind of criminal… Read More »

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Jobs That Don’t Seem Dangerous, But Are

By Stephen M. Barbas |

If you work in some professions or jobs, you may not think much about workers’ compensation. After all, you don’t work in a “dangerous” job. When you think of jobs where the likelihood of injury is high, you probably think about construction workers, police and emergency responders, electricians or warehouse workers. And you would… Read More »

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Why Truthful Answers on Medical Questionnaires Matter in Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

Let’s say that you are applying for a new job. Like many jobs, this job requires that you fill out a mound of forms. The list of forms is almost never ending to the point that you start to zone out and get a little numb. You zone out so much that when it… Read More »

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Can Your Workers’ Compensation Settlement be Used to Pay Back Owed Child Support?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

So you have settled or won your workers’ compensation case, and part of the settlement calls for you to receive a lump sum of money, perhaps to compensate you for previous lost wages not paid, or an early cutoff of benefits, or benefits that were unpaid but should have been paid. Your attorney goes… Read More »

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What Happens if Workers’ Compensation Makes an Overpayment?

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you think of mistakes that workers’ compensation insurance makes, you tend to think of underpayments, or refusals to pay. In most cases, lawsuits and litigation related to workers’ compensation have to do with compelling the compensation insurance company to pay more, or to continue paying benefits. But what if your workers’ compensation company… Read More »

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Your Employer May Be Able to Take Inconsistent Positions in Denying You Benefits

By Stephen M. Barbas |

A recent case decided by a Florida appellate court threatens to make it easier for employers to deny their employees workers’ compensation benefits when the employer denies that the injury is covered by workers’ compensation at all. The case has to do with workers’ compensation immunity, and the ability of a worker to sue… Read More »

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Reaching MMI and Your Impairment Rating Can Affect Your Workers’ Compensation

By Stephen M. Barbas |

When you are injured on the job and you get treatment, it may seem like you will never recover. The road can seem long and difficult, but with most injuries, at least some level of improvement can be expected. But how much? And when does a doctor know when you have recovered as much… Read More »

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