August 2016 Newsletter

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$1 Million Aggregate Reached After Trucking Accident
Photo of Actual Car Involved in The Accident
On August 4, 2014, *Yesenia
 Fernandez was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by an employee of a major trucking company. 

Mrs. Fernandez was following her husband and young daughter who were driving ahead of her as they were moving to Jacksonville, Florida for employment opportunities. As they approached mile marker 143, Mrs. Fernandez was suddenly and violently rear ended by an 18 wheel tractor trailer coming from behind her. 

The collision caused Mrs. Fernandez’s vehicle to careen across the inside lanes of the northbound traffic and go across the median. As the vehicle continued to veer out of control in the southbound lanes of traffic, it was hit by another vehicle traveling southbound on I-95. Mrs. Fernandez’s vehicle came to a final rest facing north on the grassy shoulder for the opposite southbound lanes of I-95. 

The driver of the truck claimed that Mrs. Fernandez was on the shoulder of the road when she suddenly and unexpectedly darted out in front of his vehicle. He also claimed that she did not have her headlights on as required because the accident happened passed sunset and it was raining. 

Mrs. Fernandez was treated at the scene by Indian River County Fire Rescue and transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where she was diagnosed with a comminuted displacement femoral shaft fracture. An open reduction internal fixation of the femoral shaft was performed with an intramedullary nail and rod. 

In addition, Mrs. Fernandez continued to experience a decreased sensation to her right leg. Following the accident she also experienced post traumatic headaches as well as vertigo and an unsteady gait. 

After extensive deposition testimony, attacking the credibility and the truck driver’s version of how this accident happened, the case was resolved. After initially being denied, the various cases were resolved for $800,000 for her and $200,000 for others.

*Name changed to protect the individual’s privacy

Who can recover compensation for the wrongful death of their loved ones in Florida?

Do You Know What You Need to Prove in a Premises Liability Case To Make a Claim in Florida?

Mitch Panter Named to Top Attorneys in Florida List

Congratulations to Mitch Panter for obtaining the Top Attorneys in Florida award! We’re proud to have such a dedicated and hardworking lawyer.


Distracted Walking is a Danger to Kids as They Head Back To School

As school gets back in session, parents have lots to think about when it comes to keeping their kids safe. We know that distracted driving is a major issue for teens, but did you know that pedestrian accidents caused by distracted walking is also a very real danger?
A study done by Safe Kids Worldwide found that 
one in five high school students and one in eight middle school students crosses the street while distracted. These distractions included typing on a phone, listening to music, talking on the phone, or using an electronic device such as a tablet.

Panter, Panter & Sampedro Volunteers at Camillus House

NOTE: The accounts of recent trials, verdicts and settlements contained in this newsletter are intended to illustrate the experience of the firm in a variety of litigation areas. Each case is unique, and the results in one case do not necessarily indicate the quality or value of any other case.
August 2016

Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., is an A.V. rated law firm comprised of highly experienced trial lawyers with more than 86 years of combined experience.  The firm welcomes referrals from other lawyers and honors the Florida Bar rules related to referral fees.  Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., is dedicated to protecting Florida’s families in the areas of catastrophic injury and wrongful death when dealing with personal injury, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, product liability, aviation, defective medical devices, and mass tort.

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Panter, Panter & Sampedro is accepting pharmaceutical and medical device cases including:


(Pathological Gambling)

ACTOS, ACTOplus met, ACTOplus Met XR, and Duetact
(Bladder Cancer)

Bair Hugger Warming Blankets


Bard IVC Filter
(Heart and Lung Perforation Hemorrhagic Pericardial Effusion)

(Chronic Diarrhea Nausea and Vomiting Sprue-Like Enteropathy)

Bisphosphonates – Boniva and Fosamax
(Femur Fractures)

Fluroroquinolone Antibiotics – Levaquin, Cipro, Tequin, and Avelox
(Peripheral Neuropathy)

Januvia, Janumet, Byetta, and Victoza
(Pancreatic Cancer Thyroid Cancer)

Laparoscopic Power Morcellator
(Uterine Cancer)


Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants – DePuy, Zimmer, Biomet, and Wright Medical
(Device Failure and Loosening Inflammatory Response Metallosis)

Mirena IUD
(Device Migration, Organ Obstruction, Organ Perforation, Peritonitis, Device Erosion)

Propecia and Proscar
(Sexual Dysfunction, Male Breast Cancer)


Stryker Rejuvenate, ABG II, and Accolade Hip Implants
(Premature Device Failure, Metallosis, Inflammatory Response)

(Blood Clots, Heart Attacks, Stroke)

Transvaginal Mesh, Bladder Slings, and TVT Tape
(Tissue Erosion and Device Failure)


Xarelto and Pradaxa
(Uncontrollable Bleeding Death)

(Birth Defects)

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