Property damage from a storm, water, or fire? Our law firm can help.

If you have experienced damage to your home or property as the result of a storm, water, or fire, call the law firm of Panter, Panter, and Sampedro to assist you in your claim. Contact us before your insurance company. PPS can fight for your benefits to rebuild your home, repair or replace your damaged or lost property, or provide you with living expenses while you’re undergoing repairs. Let PPS fight for you to obtain your benefits that you’re entitled to receive from your insurance company. PPS is a law firm deticated to protecting south Florida’s families.

City bus driver liability in personal injury lawsuits.

You would expect a city bus driver to drive safely and obey traffic signals. When Julie was driving her children home, she thought the bus driver would stop at the red light, he didn’t and crashed into Julie’s mini van and catastrophically injured her and her children. The city didn’t want to pay for the care and treatment needed for Julie and her family, so she called us, Panter, Panter, and Sampedro. We recovered the necessary money for Julie and her family to care for them for the rest of their lives. Call Panter, Panter, and Sampedro today at (305)662-6178.

Get the help you need after medical malpractice

When Maria went into the emergency room complaining of severe stomach pain, her twin boys never thought it would be the last time they would see her. After being ignored, Maria’s heart stopped beating, and her brain didn’t get oxygen for 20 minutes. She became severely brain damaged and died. She left her twin boys without their mom, so we told her story to a jury who told the hospital they had to answer to Maria’s family. If you’re a victim of bad medicine, call Panter, Panter, and Sampedro.

Personal Injury Lawsuits

Unfortunately, some peopole think personal injury lawsuits are only about money, it’s not. It’s about getting the help necessary for physical therapy after being plowed into by a negligent driver. About getting a baby the lifetime care she needs after being neglected by a hospital. Getting money for children to secure their college education after losing a parent. Panter, Panter, and Sampedro can’t undo what’s happened but they can help you and your family put their life back together.

Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Property Damage Law Firm

If you need a lawyer, who are you going to call. For more than thirty years Panter, Panter, and Samperdro has helped thousands of Florida families. Recovering millions of dollars for their clients. No matter if your case is big or small the team at Panter, Panter, and Sampedro will treat your case with care and professionalism. Accidents, medical malpractice, negligence, slip and fall, property damage and more. The next time you need a lawyer call 3056626178. Panter, Panter, and Sampedro protection Florida families.

Surprising Facts about Drowning that you need to know about.

The second leading casue of accidental death for children, ages 1-14 after car crashed is drowning. Most of the time it’s a lapse in adult supervision. The single most important factor to prevent drowning is adult supervision. Almost one half of all children who drown are within earshot of an adult. The reality of how drowning occurs is much different from what we see on television, with loud splashing and calls for help, it’s actually deceptively quiet. There are 750 children that are drowned yearly, most of which are preventable. The physiological effects of drowning is much different than we expect. Their mouths are below the surface, they cannot call out for help or wave for help as they have no control over their movements. Signs of drowning are head low in the water, eyes closed, legs not used in a vertical manner, and gasping. There’s typically 30 seconds given to save a drowning victim. Often times drowning does involve negligence and legal claims. Negligence occurs at pools and water parks and pool owners and operators can be liable, becuase of dangerous premises or poor supervision. The point is most drownings can be prevented with proper knowledge and good supervision and knowing the signs of drowning.

Could your sports injury have been avoided?

Sports as we know them can lead to injuries and they can be injuries as the result of negligence. Negligence can occur in ways such as, failure to properly train, inadequate supervision, improper equipment, improper return to play. Making sure the players are hydrated well is the responsibility of the individual and the coach. There are certain elements related to sports related injury. There needs to be a duty, and a breach of that duty, and causation or proving that the breach of the duty led to the injury, and also sustained damages. The bottom line is that most sports injuries can be avoided with proper knowledge from the coaches and athletes as well as the parents.

Who can sue on behalf of a minor in a personal injury lawsuit?

Hi my name is David Sampedro. I’m a board certified civil trial lawyer at Panter, Panter & San Pedro. We handle personal injury cases, wrongful death matters, involving auto accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice cases and often times we’re asked to bring a claim on behalf of a minor, somebody who is under the age of 18 years to bring a claim on their behalf because they’ve been injured as a result of somebody else’s or another company’s negligence or irresponsibility. What are the circumstances that you can bring a claim and who can bring a claim on behalf of a minor and what do you have to do at the conclusion of the case, and I’m going to try and address a couple of those issues. Well, a minor does not have the ability or what they call a legal standing to bring claim on their own. Therefore they need to have either a natural guardian such a parent or a guardian that is appointed by the court if a parent is not able or willing to so, to bring a case on their behalf. At the conclusion of the case and if the case is resolved, there are some circumstances where even if a lawsuit is not filed, that one needs to go to court to get the settlement approved. Let me talk to you a little bit about those circumstances. If the net tort recovery, that is to say the net recovery to the minor after the deductions for attorney’s fees and costs, medical expenses and things of that nature is less than $15,000, then you do not need to have a guardianship appointed. If it’s in excess of $15,000, that is the minor is going to receive more than $15,000 then the court than the court needs to approve the settlement and a guardianship needs to be appointed as well, and the reason for that is to protect the minor to make sure that the funds are received are used on behalf of and in the best interest of the minor and that the funds are not used for some type of inappropriate use whether it’s intentional or unintentional. So, it’s really done to protect the minor from everybody. In situations that the settlement is in excess, as I said of $15,000 in settlement proceeds, the court has a discretion point, it’s called the guardian ad litem, hat is an independent person that is appointed to, by the court, to say whether the settlement is in the best interest of the minor. In situations, that the settlement, that the gross settlement, is in excess of $50,000, in other words, if the total gross proceeds of the lawsuit are in excess of $50000, then the court requires a guardian ad litem, again an independent person who is appointed by the court to take a look at the facts of a lawsuit, the injuries, all of the things that were in favor of the lawsuit and all of the negatives of the lawsuit, to make sure that the settlement and the outcome was in the best interest of the minor as well. There are some things one can do to avoid these additional expenses, because quite frankly most of these guardianships do require additional time and expenses with court, a separate attorney, in some circumstances may have to be hired and there different ways to be creative to try to avoid this in a legal way, with court approval, but, if the minor receives the funds after their 18th birthday or some circumstances you may be able to avoid some of these expenses. Thank you for your time and have a great one.

Can You Sue for Emotional Distress in Florida?

Hi my name is David Sampedro. I’m a board certified civil trial attorney at Panter Panter & Sampedro and we handle cases involving negligence and wrongful death matters, concerning automobile accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice cases. Often times we receive, phone calls, regarding emotional distress cases, or emotional distress claims, individuals who want to make a claim for emotional distress. Let’s talk about those contexts. Because, the courts typically do not favor those types of claims they look at them with some suspicion and they do try to make it relatively difficult to make a claim. The first type of emotional distress claim we will call or the law calls intentional infliction of emotional distress, and the fact is that these were the first types of emotional distress types of cases that were recognized, by courts. These are very very limited in sort-of circumstances and really are held under the most types of outrageous conduct and again it goes to intentional behavior where somebody intentionally tries to go out and cause somebody emotional distress and there are some very minor circumstances where you can make that type of claim. The second one is called the negligent infliction of emotional distress and courts all over the United States, and in particular, Florida have really grappled with this issue for a long time and while they recognize that there are some circumstances where somebody might have emotional distress as a result of another person’s negligence, the courts also, um, try to avoid, um, what they believe could wind up being frivolous lawsuits or speculative damages, um, they’ve really tried to limit the context that these types of cases can be brought . Oftentimes where you’ll hear about these cases is where somebody might witness the death of a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence. So, where you may not be involved directly in the accident, uh, for example, there’s a very famous case where a mother saw her young child crossing the street, and uh, was run over and killed before her very own eyes by a negligent driver. Obviously, we’re all going to recognize that under that circumstance I am sure that the mother had some significant emotional distress but that’s the type of context that we typically see it. We also see it sometimes in the situation where spouses might be injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence and the other spouse witnesses that type of injury to their loved one. So there’s a lot of factors to consider before you bring these types of cases; you have to have a close relationship, it has to be a spouse in Florida recognizes it, it has to be, it definitely has to be a legal spouse. In other jurisdictions such as New Jersey, I know that it won’t, um, necessarily require them to be married but there still needs to be a close relationship. Florida requires you to have a physical impact in addition to having emotional distress. They want to make sure that you sustained a physical impact and this is one of the ways that they try to curtail or eliminate what they believe to speculative or frivolous lawsuits. Other jurisdictions have this as well and some jurisdictions recognize a very minimal threshold for an impact. There are some jurisdictions that recognize the inhalation of smoke to be a sufficient impact. Florida is a little bit more strict and makes it a little more difficult. The third aspect of emotional distress cases is really what they call pain and suffering and that is when you, yourself were injured and hurt. Obviously there has been an impact; there’s been an injury, there’s been a manifestation of those injuries as well but you were the person who was injured, you were the direct victim of negligence and of course under those circumstances in addition to the pain and suffering, discomfort, mental anguish that you can bring them an emotional distress emotional anguish part is certainly a component. So, these are all things to consider and take into account when you are looking into and seeing whether you can make a claim for your emotional injuries.

¿Usted puede demandar por angustia emocional en Florida?

Buenas mi nombre es David Sampedro, yo soy un abogado en el bufete de Panter Panter y Sampedro. Nosotros tomamos casos de negligencia contra otra persona o compañías que le han causado daño a un individuo. Muchas veces nosotros recibimos llamadas averiguando si uno puede presentar una reclamación por los daños emocional que uno ha sufrido debido de las acciones de otro y vamos a hablar un poco de eso y hablar de las circunstancias donde uno puede presentar esas reclamaciones. Yo creo que podemos hablar de tres diferentes casos o circunstancias de daños emocional. La primera es reconociendo los daños por las angustias emocional intencional, eso la verdad que son algunas circunstancias que está reservado por cierta conducta indignada. Son muy pocas las razones que la corte le da que reconoce el conducto indignado así para los daños que uno puede recibir por la conducta intencional. La segunda es los daños de la angustia emocional debido de la negligencia de otro, y eso también es un poco difícil. Típicamente la circunstancia donde esto se presenta es cuando uno no está dañado físicamente debido a la negligencia de otro pero puede ser testigo a un evento que le causa mucho daño. Muchas veces la ley lo reconoce en estas circunstancias y los casos que se hablan son típicamente casos cuando uno quizás ha visto un ser querido involucrado en un accidente y eso le causa algún daño. Tiene que ser testigo personal de la situación donde la negligencia ocurrió. Hay un caso bastante famoso donde una señora estaba viendo la niña de ella cruzar la calle y la niña fue arrollada y falleció debido de la negligencia del conductor del automóvil y la mama vio y fue testigo al accidente. Obviamente nosotros podemos reconocer que esto le puede causar mucha angustia emocional a la mama por su puesto. Algunos estados reconoce esos daños y otros no los reconocen, la razón por eso que la ley quiere prevenir daños que son especatadulismo o daños que puede ser difícil de aprobar, tiene uno que tener una relación bastante cercana al fallecido y tienes que ser testigo. La mayoría de las veces muchos de los estados, incluyendo el estado de la Florida dice que uno tiene que recibir algún impacto físico del evento para poder reconocer y recibir daños emocional. Algún otro estado reconoce también el impacto físico pero dice que puede ser algo muy mínimo, por ejemplo algunos estados dicen que nada mas el humo de un fuego puede ser suficiente para resultar en ese impacto. La tercera y última circunstancia es cuando uno mismo obviamente está involucrado en el accidente y uno mismo es que fue lesionado y recibe daños físicos y además de eso daños físicos obviamente uno tiene dolor, sufrimiento y también le puede causar daños emocional bajo de esas circunstancias y por supuesto uno puede recibir y tratar de estar compensado por los daños emocionales bajo estas ciertas circunstancias. O sea estas son todas las cosas que uno debe considerar cuando está trayendo un caso y es algo que uno debe hablar con un abogado. Muchísimas gracias.