Healthcare Providers Admit Responsibility in Man’s Death After Surgery

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Wife of wrongful death victim receives confidential settlement after healthcare providers admit responsibility in husband’s death after surgery
When Cesar Guerra was complaining of headaches, his employer sent him to a local hospital so he could be evaluated by specialists. [i] After seeing doctors at a local hospital and following up with an MRI, Mr. Guerra was discovered to have a pituitary benign mass which needed to be removed.  His doctors recommended to have the large tumor removed through what is known as a transsphenoidal surgery.
Subsequent to the surgery, Mr. Guerra was sent to the intensive care unit and shortly thereafter began showing signs of paralysis.  A CT scan following surgery showed that he was suffering a stroke.  The blood work which was ordered as routine following his surgery showed that his serum sodium levels were rapidly increasing and his heart rate continued to drop.  Mr. Guerra’s condition continued to deteriorate and approximately five days after his surgery, he fell into a coma.  Two days later he died leaving behind a wife and stepson.
Mr. Guerra’s wife came to see David Sampedro when another local attorney gave her his name.  David contacted various experts including a neurosurgeon, nurse, neurologist, intensivist, and hospitalist.  After conferencing with the various experts and obtaining affidavits that the various healthcare providers breached the prevailing standard of care and that breach ultimately lead to Mr. Guerra’s death, the healthcare providers admitted responsibility for causing Mr. Guerra’s death and the case was settled for a confidential undisclosed amount of money.

[i] The names of all parties have been changed to protect their confidentiality.

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“Brett Panter and family, You guys have forever changed our lives. You fought and fought a long, hard battle to bring justice to our princess. I am forever grateful for your time, love, and devotion. Her death was not in vain because of the works you and your team has done. The pain never goes away, but awareness is made… and KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. THANK YOU.” – Theresa Tapan (client)

Panter, Panter & Sampedro and Pinecrest Business Association Award Tenth Annual Collegiate Scholarship To Gulliver Preparatory School Student

Panter, Panter, & Sampedro, P.A. (PPS) in partnership with the Pinecrest Business Association (PBA) is proud to announce the recipient of their tenth annual collegiate scholarship. Taimaisu Ferrer Sin, a senior at Gulliver Preparatory School, was presented with the $2,000 check during a PBA member luncheon on Tuesday, April 18.
“To say that Tai is an exceptional student and individual would be an understatement,” says Mitchell Panter, managing partner of PPS and founding member of the PBA. “We were blown away by her story and accolades. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!”

PPS Team Participates in Fit Kids Day!

Our team had a wonderful afternoon at Kids Fit Day on May 6 at Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest. Activities included a color run and obstacle course, Miracle League baseball game, family bike ride and even a bike rodeo!

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.
June 2017


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