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Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A.
775 County Road 1, Palm Harbor, FL 34683, United States
(727) 538-8865

At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. in Palm Harbor, we represent Florida injury victims in matters involving personal injury, auto accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, wrongful death, dog bites, boat accidents, chemical exposure, mold contamination and workplace injuries.

The firm has over 25 years of experience in helping you get the compensation you deserve from personal injury cases, with free charge for your initial consultation.
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(727) 538-8865
775 County Road 1, Palm Harbor, FL 34683, United States
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Florida Trucking Accidents - In the early morning of August 16, a multi-vehicle accident in Florida involving a tractor-trailer, a school bus and an SUV killed one person, hospitalized another and shut down a state highway for hours. The tractor-trailer was travelling northbound and somehow crossed into the southbound lane, slamming into an SUV head-on. The truck’s impact caused... Read More
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Crashes Caused by Vehicle Defects - This past August, Ford Motors agreed to pay more than $17 million in fines to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for moving too slowly to recall nearly half a million Ford Escapes almost a decade ago. The vehicles contained serious defects, including gas pedals that could stick, causing the car to accelerate uncontrollably...
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Drowning and near drowning among the elderly occur in situations where an elderly person is unattended, such as while living alone or in an assisted living facility with inadequate supervision. Pool accidents are most often caused by:

1) Poor motor control – some illnesses and conditions are associated with loss of muscle and nerve control, making swimming perilous
2) Cognitive impairment – confusion can lead an elderly adult to enter a body of water at an inappropriate time
3) Disorientation – swimming at night can cause an elderly adult to confuse the surface with the pool or ocean floor
4) Unsafe pool areas– slippery areas surrounding a pool or tub can lead to dangerous and deadly falls

When an elderly adult drowns in a nursing home or assisted care facility, the staff and owners of the facility may be liable for negligence. If your loved one has died due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the facility.

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A 90-year-old Parkland man was found lifeless in his swimming pool in May, apparently having drowned. The man’s wheelchair was also found in the pool. The elderly are second only to children under four as a group particularly vulnerable to drowning accidents. - See more at:
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When an accident victim sustains a head injury, a process of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation begins. Timely recognition of head injury by emergency medical personnel and physicians is key in early management of brain trauma. Misdiagnosis of TBI or incorrect diagnosis of concussion can lead to long-term impairment while the brain swells in the hours and days after an injury. Traumatic brain injury can cause serious impairment primarily in these three areas:

1) Physical – some patients lose the ability to write, walk, speak or perform a variety of fine and gross motor skills.
2) Cognitive – some head injury patients suffer memory loss, trouble with language recall, loss of ability to reason and think logically and difficulty with language comprehension.
3) Psychological – some patients suffer from depression, anxiety, aggression or changes in personality.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur in the United States each year. Head injuries are costly.  A mild injury costs on the average $85,000 for treatment and rehabilitation. A more serious injury can cost close to $2 million over the lifetime of the survivor. TBI is caused by a blow to the head, and can occur during a traffic accident, sports injury, fall or assault. The causes of many head injury cases remain unknown, as head injuries often cause amnesia. - See more at:
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This season keep your kids safer by paying close attention to park safety rules guarding against these common park injuries:

1) Whiplash – spinning rides and bumper cars can cause injury to the neck and spine during repeated whipping of the head at high speed. Trauma to the ligaments of the neck can also cause stroke.
2) Head injury – traumatic brain injury can result from the g-force of rapid speeds or from falling or flying objects.
3) Fractures – arms, legs and fingers can be broken by malfunctioning safety bars, by extending limbs outside of ride enclosures and by falling from cars and seats while airborne.
4) Aneurism – can result from roller coasters and other high speed rides.
5) Drowning and near drowning – water slides and water rides can be dangerous for non-swimmers when pools are crowded and poorly supervised.

Sometimes just being careful is not enough to prevent injury to a child in a park or fair.  If a rider follows all of the safely precautions instructions posted by the park and is injured anyway, the park may be liable for the injury. Most park injuries can be attributed to:

1) Mechanical malfunction – Some rides just malfunction. Safety belts open, lap bars open, roller coaster cars can spontaneously detach. The failure can be the fault of the manufacturer or due to the park’s improper maintenance of the ride.
2) Improper operation – park employees may fail to operate the ride safely, by neglecting to fasten a seatbelt securely or to instruct passengers to remain seated.

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Summer is here, and it’s time to hit the amusement parks and fairs — and Florida has lots of them. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission over 8,000 people are injured every year at the nation’s parks and fairs. - See more at:
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When tourists are guests at a hotel or motel, they deserve a reasonable expectation of safety. This includes safe private rooms, common areas and parking lots. Property owners sometimes disregard their duty of providing a safe environment. Indications of an unsafe property include:

- Poor lighting
- Broken fencing
- Lack of surveillance cameras
- Inadequate security patrols

If you are the victim of a crime while on hotel or motel grounds, the property owner may be at fault. If the property owner has knowledge of past criminal activities on the property, there is a legal obligation to take steps to remedy the dangerous situation. If a property owner hires private security services, the property owner is responsible for the action or inaction of the security guards.

Should criminal activity spoil your vacation, you may want to forget the situation ever happened. This is the easy solution, but it may not be the right one. Consult an attorney with experience handling Florida tourist injuries. This hotel, motel or property owner may be liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering or even wrongful death.
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Rear-End Collisions and Comparative Negligence - Since the 1960s, Florida law has presumed that if a driver rear-ends another vehicle, that driver is the one at fault. Prior to 2012, trial courts did not allow these drivers to present evidence of the front driver’s fault. However, the Florida Supreme Court recently decided that rear drivers could rebut the presumption of their... Read More
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Passenger Rights in a Florida Accident - On August 12, 2013, a car traveling on Interstate 75 veered off-road and rolled over multiple times. The driver had abruptly changed lanes, losing control of the vehicle and eventually coming to full stop in a canal. All vehicle occupants were treated at an area hospital and miraculously avoided major injuries. The driver was cited... Read More
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Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion. Florida law requires all new or newly renovated buildings to have hard-wired CO detectors or combination CO and smoke detectors within 10 feet of all rooms used for sleeping.

Despite legislation, carbon monoxide poisoning accidents do occur in Florida. During August of 2012 tropical storm Isaac caused widespread power failures, one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Other common causes of CO poisoning include:
- Poorly ventilated boat engines
- Malfunctioning gas powered water heaters
- Poorly ventilated gas or propane generators
- Exposure to paint, solvents, paint-remover or degreaser
- Improperly ventilated propane heaters or stoves

There are warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. When any of these symptoms are present, move quickly to a well-ventilated area and seek medical attention:
- Dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- Headache
- Confusion
- Fainting
- Seizure
- Memory loss

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As of July 1, 2008, the state of Florida requires that every building that has either a fossil fuel-burning heater or appliance, or that an attached garage also be equipped with a working carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless and colorless gas that, when released in an unventilated area, can cause brain damage and/or death. - See more at:
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The federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determines and regulates safe levels of radon exposure in the workplace. While the EPA sets safe levels for private homes at 4 picocurie per liter, or piCi/L, OSHA allows up to 100 piCi/L. This safety level is based on a 40 hour per week with continuous exposure per adult over the age of 18.

Radon gas exposure can cause serious illness in humans. The gas collects in the lungs and can cause pneumonia, lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Even with minimal or short-term exposure an individual can experience shortness of breath and labored breathing.

The Federal Radon Action Plan of January 2011 requires radon gas testing in public buildings and schools as part of a larger clean air advocacy program. To date there is no federally enforceable system for requiring or implementing radon testing in the private sector. Both the EPA and OSHA acknowledge that radon gas exposure is a significant health issue.

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Radon is a naturally occurring toxic gas, produced when uranium breaks down in the ground and seeps into homes and buildings above. It is odorless and colorless, and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) causes more annual deaths in the United States than drunk driving. - See more at:
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Across the country, swimming pool danger is a serious concern. According to reports by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 4,200 pool or spa-related injuries per year require treatment in emergency rooms. An average of 385 deaths per year are pool or spa related. Unfortunately, Florida has the highest rate of swimming pool drowning deaths nationwide.

Sadly, many swimming pool accidents are preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends implementing the following measures to ensure pool safety:
1) Install fencing to completely surround the swimming pool
2) Make swimming lessons a priority
3) Supply life jackets to those with sub-par swimming skills
4) Provide supervision and lifeguarding
5) Learn CPR

Swimming pools, diving boards and hot tubs can be serious hazards if people do not follow proper safety protocols. An aquatic accident can result in permanent injuries, brain damage or even death. If you or your child suffered injuries in a swimming pool accident, the property owner’s negligence may be to blame. If so, a skilled Clearwater personal injury attorney can help you get compensation.
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CTS is a neurological disorder caused by repeated pressure on the median nerve. This nerve extends from the forearm to the palm and it controls sensation in the fingers. Sufferers of CTS may experience weakness, numbness, tingling or pain. These sensations can be in the wrists, hands or arms. While CTS may have a reputation as a minor ailment, symptoms can range from mild to debilitating.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CTS sufferers have the second longest amount of workplace leave in comparison to other major diseases and illnesses. When the average person suffers from CTS, it can mean about 28 days away from work. Every year, around 260,000 Americans must undergo surgery to treat CTS.

If workplace duties caused your CTS, you may be entitled to Florida workers’ compensation benefits. You need a Florida carpal tunnel syndrome lawyer to review the facts of your case and help you assess your options. You may be able to recover medical expenses as well as lost wages. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., we understand your pain and fight for your full compensation.
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