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Widow of prominent Tampa Bay businessman sues hospital, ER practice for negligence



george_knutsson.jpgWake up and good morning. The widow of a prominent Tampa Bay area businessman recently sued Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital, independent contractor Bay Area Emergency Physicians and the BAEP-affiliated emergency room doctor who treated her husband for chest pains after sending him home and declaring a "diagnosis of unknown chest pain and indigestion." Hours later, George A. Knutsson (photo, left) died at home from an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

That happened in July 2009, The lawsuit, which seeks damages, was filed this month by Knutsson's widow, Margaret Knutsson, claiming the ER doctor and an unnamed nurse were negligent. She is represented by the medical malpractice law firm of Eaton & Tirella in Tampa.

Update: Morton Plant spokeswoman Beth Hardy said the hospital does not comment on matters of litigation. As of late afternoon Monday, I had not heard back from BAEP.

I mention this case among so many lawsuits because George A. Knutsson was a notable business figure in the Tampa Bay area. According to a Bloomberg bio and this bio, he served as president and chairman of Knutsson Realty, Inc., specializing in commercial and investment properties in the Tampa Bay area. He served as the chairman and president of American Boat Trailer Rental Company Inc. from 1995 to 2005.

In 1978, Knutsson founded Dollar Rental Car of Florida and served as its CEO until 1990, when he sold the company to Chrysler Corp. Knutsson also owned and operated Pirates Cove Marina in the Tampa Bay area since 1984 until he sold it in 1995. From 1995 to 1999, he was the founder and served as chief financial officer of Pro-Tech Monitoring, which uses GPS/cellular technology in the monitoring and tracking of felons worldwide.

He served as a director of Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., from June 2001 to July 1, 2009. Here's Odyssey Marine's tribute to its former director. He graduated from the University of Florida and obtained an MBA from the University of South Florida.

--  Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times




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