Author Archives: Paul B. Genet

Florida Toxic Mold Contamination

The Collier County School District reported that mold was discovered at two local elementary schools during the summer recess. The mold was removed before teachers and students returned to school in mid-August. According to school officials, surface mold was found in the carpeting and on whiteboards, cabinets, walls and student desks. The district believes that the… Read More »

Protecting Yourself from Florida Uninsured Motorists

Some drivers hurt by uninsured or underinsured drivers are never fully compensated for their injuries. The chances of that happening to you may be greater than you think. Although Florida drivers are penalized for driving without insurance, Florida has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the United States. Most drivers have insurance… Read More »

Sharing the Road: Florida Bicycle Accidents

This past August, Tampa resident Michael Duriel Lee was killed by a hit-and-run motorist while bicycling to work. Mr. Lee was struck while riding on the right shoulder of a highway overpass. Upon impact, Mr. Lee flew over a guardrail and fell to his death. Common causes of bicycle accidents Bicyclists constantly face the risk… Read More »

Florida Personal Injury Mediation

The uncertainties and expenses of litigations have prompted more plaintiffs to settle their personal injury claims through less costly and speedier alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation. Mediation is an opportunity for disagreeing parties to attempt resolution in an informal setting. An overview of the mediation process In mediation, plaintiffs can tell their… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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…. Read More »

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 »

Not Safe at Home or Work: Daily Chemical Exposures

Many products that provide us with the everyday amenities we enjoy contain dangerous substances. Some chemicals can cause grave illnesses and even fatalities for people exposed to slight levels over a long period, or high levels over a short period. Dangerous substances can be found in chemicals you are exposed to at work and pollutants… Read More »

Pedestrian Perils in a Car-Infatuated State

Central Florida has earned the dubious honor of being the most dangerous place for pedestrians in the nation. For more than 10 years, the Orlando metro area topped the list of pedestrian deaths. Statistics alone cannot measure the effect of a pedestrian accident on the lives of many Florida families. Why Central Florida is so… Read More »

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