Joann Silguero is a 30 year old woman who went to Mohammad Masri, a general surgeon who informed her that she needed to have her gallbladder removed. Joann underwent a surgical procedure which is called laparoscopic cholecystectomy on August 6, 1994. Dr. Masri put Joann to sleep with general anesthesia.

While Joann was asleep the electro-cautery unit was negligently left near her lip which caused a severe burn to her left upper lip.

According to her current treating physician, well known plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Wolf, she will need a scar revision along with an excision of the scar. It is expected that her scar will remain, to some degree, because it is a large area involving the upper lip.

As a result of the surgeon’s negligence, Joann suffered a burn on her lip and received a scar over her lip.

Joann eventually went to her family lawyer, Rudolph Browd, who asked Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. to handle this medical negligence claim.

Brett Panter believed that this case should have been settled without the necessity of a lawsuit. However, as is typical in many medical negligence cases, the Doctor’s insurance carrier was unwilling to immediately and fairly resolve this matter.

Multiple unreasonable low offers were made to the plaintiff in this matter. After several rounds of negotiations, Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. decided that suit had to be filed on behalf of Joann Silguero. Ultimately, after suit was filed and Dr. Masri was cross-examined at deposition, this case was settled for $95,000.00. Joann Silguero will now have the funds needed for corrective plastic surgery and she will also receive compensation for the pain and suffering that she endured as a result of the Doctor’s negligence.