Miami Personal Injury Lawsuits
FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS
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- FIU bridge collapse victims share a collective settlement of $102.7 Million – The injured victims and families of the decedents filed lawsuits against the Design-Build Team that helped design and construct the faulty FIU Bridge. Shortly after the inception of litigation, MCM changed its name to Magnum Construction Management and sought protection from the United States Bankruptcy Court by filing for Chapter 11 reorganization. The lawyers representing the victims of this catastrophic event were determined not to allow the bankruptcy to deny justice. After months of litigation, it was announced in December 2019 that the parties will share a collective settlement of $102.7 Million, although they have until December 28 to file an appeal. The amount that they will each receive is confidential. Read more here.
- Multi-Million Dollar Work-Related Injury Case Settled – Brett Panter was hired to represent Isaac Aelion in his claim for worker’s compensation benefits arising from his catastrophic injury while in the course and scope of his employment as a Sunny Isles Beach City Commissioner. Mr. Aelion was hit by a car being operated by a valet driver. His life was instantly and permanently altered. Mr. Aelion was rendered quadriplegic, unable to move any part of his body below his neck. Read more here.
- $20 million personal injury settlement for a six year old girl who entered a Florida hospital through the emergency room. This young girl had problems with her airways as a result of thick mucus. She was in the hospital for several days and woke up with labored breathing, expressed severe anxiousness and congestion. After continuous problems she awoke again coughing up large amounts of mucus. She had a major arrest almost three days after she was admitted to the hospital. Unfortunately this young, beautiful six year old girl suffered a hypoxic brain injury and remained severely damaged and most likely will remain that way the rest of her life. Read more about this case.
- $11.9 Million Awarded by Jury in Medical Malpractice Case: On April 9, 2019, David Sampedro won a $11,882,175.48 verdict against osteopathic orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Melvin Rech, on behalf of Matthew Standley, and his wife, Corrine Standley. The jury found that a series of errors by Dr. Rech led to the amputation of Mr. Standley’s leg after a total knee replacement surgery was negligently performed which subsequently led to a tragic chain of events. Read more.
- $8.5 million to twin sons of woman who died : The twin sons of a Miami woman who died after delayed abdominal surgery were awarded $8.5 million. Clementina Brown was admitted to Miami’s Palmetto General Hospital with severe abdominal pain, was seen by a variety of doctors, went into shock after spending more than a day at the hospital and went into respiratory and cardiac arrest on Mother’s Day 2005. Dr. Jose Martinez Alba, a surgeon who consulted by phone on the case and arrived the next day shortly before the attack, resuscitated Brown and performed surgery to relieve a bowel obstruction. But she never regained consciousness, lapsed into a vegetative state and ran up more than $5 million in medical bills before dying at a nursing home Feb. 13, 2007. Read more about this case
- Approximately $8 Million Recovery for Widow and Child as a result of Workplace Trucking Death: Juan Oro went to work the morning of April 14, 2011 at an industrial yard. While working at the industrial yard and preparing a container to be hauled off the yard by a tractor, the driver began to back up. The tractor had no back up alarm. Juan had his back to the trailer. He was pinned between the tractor and trailer and killed instantly. The case was mediated for 8 1/2 hours before an agreement was reached. The motor carrier’s insurer agreed to pay almost $8 million dollars pursuant to a confidentiality agreement. Read more about this case.
- $7.75 million settlement for a widow and her unborn son after her husband was crushed in a tractor trailer accident. Read more about this case.
- Alamo Rent A Car was ordered to pay $7.7 million to the families of three British sailors who were killed when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Alamo was held liable under a 1934 state law that holds the owner of a car liable for any accidents, regardless of who is driving it.Read more about this case.
- $6.8 million personal injury lawsuit settlement for young boy. Ms. Lopez came to Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. after going through a traumatic child birth experience. Ms. Lopez was 22 weeks into her pregnancy when she experienced bleeding. After she was examined at the hospital, it was discovered that her baby had a prolapsed cord and an emergency cesarean section was needed.
- $3.7 million -Decedent’s vehicle was broadsided by a city police vehicle in a controlled intersection. The plaintive alleges officer’s negligence caused the accident. The city of Miami alleges comparative negligence and seat belt defense. Read more about this case.
- $3.7 million lawsuit verdict for a 48 year old man who was hit by a forklift. A defendant in this case was a forklift operator working for Forklift Company on March 14, 2007. Mr. Forklift Driver was working in the refrigerated area of an airline facility at Miami International Airport. Mr. Driver received his training from plaintiff’s employer and Forklift Company was still responsible for his training pursuant to contract although Forklift Company allowed the airport company to do the training for all forklift operations and operators. More on this case.
- $3.6 million lawsuit verdict for two men working as temporary employees at a Miami construction site at 2157 NW 18th Terrace, helping a crane operator as a crane lifted large concrete beams to be used on an apartment building in December 2006. The operator allowed the cable on his crane to come in contact with an electrical line, shocking Mejia and Garcia. Mejia was knocked unconscious, had a heart attack and suffers memory loss. Garcia lost his right arm and the use of two fingers on his left hand. They sued George’s Crane Service, which owned and operated the crane; RC Construction, the general contractor; Gonzalez, who owned the site at Northwest 22nd Avenue and 18th Terrace; and subcontractor Florida Erectors, which hired George’s Crane. More on this case.
- $3.3 Million Settlement Gets Injured Laborer Extracontractual Liability after Workers’ Compensation Gets Denied
- The father of two young children was awarded a jury verdict in the amount of $3.1 million against Alamo Rent A Car when the driver of a rental car lost control of the vehicle, striking the father’s car and causing serious brain damage.
- $2,959.000.00 Medical Malpractice Verdict: Baby K vs. A Hospital and Doctors.
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- $2.95 million dollars Diana Alvarez, 38 years of age, was admitted to A National Hospital Chain for surgery to remove a large, subfrontal meningioma. The next day, a bifrontal craniotomy was performed by Dr. Ronald Dexter with removal of the large, subfrontal brain tumor. Post operatively, Diana Alvarez was admitted to the intensive care unit where Dr. Dexter and intensivist, Dr. Gerald Pixter, managed her care. Read more about this case.
- Attorneys win $2.88 million malpractice judgment for twins: Clementina Brown, an auto-dealer title clerk, went to Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah by ambulance with severe abdominal pain before dawn May 6, 2005. The single mother of 11-year-old twin boys was admitted and seen by several doctors. She received pain medication and later went into shock. A surgeon saw her for the first time more than 50 hours after she arrived. Brown went into cardiopulmonary arrest during preparations for exploratory surgery on Mother’s Day, May 8. The Miami woman was resuscitated, and surgery was performed for a twisted bowel, but she never regained consciousness. She died in a nursing home Feb. 13, 2007. Thelma Leon, Brown’s sister, cares for the twins, Anthony and Bryan Fontalvo. Bryan testified for about 10 minutes on the loss of his mother. Four other doctors and a medical group reached confidential settlements before trial. Another doctor filed for bankruptcy protection on the last court day before trial. Dr. Jose R. Martinez Alba Jr., a surgeon, went to trial as the lone defendant. Read more about this case
- $2.75 million dollars The mother of Baby D had her child in the ICU at A Community Hospital. Soon after, doctors told her that her child suffered from end stage renal disease and that eventually Baby D would need a kidney transplant. In fact, nephrologist told her that Baby D would need at least two additional kidney transplants during his lifetime. In shock, she called Brett Panter and David Sampedro from the law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro. Read more about this case.
- A 17-year-old from Bermuda suffered a broken neck and partial paralysis after diving into the shallow end of a Miami Beach hotel pool. He received a $2.6 millionpersonal injury settlement. Read more about this case.
- $2.1 million personal injury verdict for parties who had suffered severe side effects after being prescribed Baycol. Click here to read full text story.
- Burn Victim Receives Over $2 Million in Settlement.Read more about this case.
- Dangerous Construction Results in Over $2 million Miami personal injury Settlement. Read more about this case.
- A 21-year-old woman suffered severe injuries as a passenger in a car accident caused by an underage drunk driver. The case against the drunk driver and the owners of the car settled for $1,350,000. The case was settled against the defendant bar for $637,500.00, one day after mediation. The total personal injury lawsuit settlement, including interest earned the settled funds, exceeded $2,000,000.00. Read more about this case.
- A 27-year-old man was awarded a jury verdict for$1,785,843 for knee injuries he sustained in a 15-foot fall from a scissor lift.
- Attorneys obtain $1.77 million for teen killed in crash with cop : After spending a Saturday night in Miami Beach with a sibling and friends, Omar Mieles, 19, and his girlfriend, Raiza Areas, 17, hopped into their friend’s car and headed home. It was shortly after midnight on Nov. 11, 2007, and the teens inside the Ford Focus drove east on Northwest 46th Street in Miami. They slowed at a blinking red traffic signal, saw the road was clear and drove forward. A police officer driving a marked North Miami patrol car entered the intersection and hit the side of the young people’s car at 60 mph, twice the speed limit. Mieles and Areas were propelled out the back window and onto the pavement 75 feet away. Mieles died of his injuries at Ryder Trauma Center two days later. The young woman survived. Officer James Ray Thompson, then 63, did not have his siren or flashing lights on and was not responding to an emergency. He had more than two decades’ worth of police experience.Read more about this case
- Victim of Drunk Driving Crash Recovers $1.6 Million. While driving home on US1, Mike Smith was hit from behind by a drunk driver sustaining traumatic brain injuries and multiple other injuries. Initially, several of the carriers provided their policy limits due to the preparation and expertise of Mitchell Panter and Panter, Panter & Sampedro. Through additional litigation, the final portion of the claim was resolved resulting in a $1.6 million recovery for Mr. Smith to provide him with compensation for his injuries. Read more about this case.
- $1.4 million dollar settlement On October 9th, Diego Ramirez came to the emergency room complaining of flu like symptoms. Specifically, Diego Ramirez complained of fever, chills, dyspnea, cough, and nausea. Diagnostic studies revealed a DVT present in the left popliteal vein.Read more about this case
- Med Mal Case Brought to a Close for $1.4M: Too Young To Die Tamara Wilson* was a vibrant 23-year-old young woman who was working part-time and going to school. She lived at home with her mother and served as a second mother to her niece. On her time off, she played basketball, which she excelled at while in high school. On April 28, she was experiencing flu like symptoms and went to a local hospital in Miami-Dade County. Nurses noted that she appeared ill, had a rapid heart rate, and had a fever. Diagnostic tests showed that she had pneumonia. A CT scan showed that she had a collapsed lung. Her white blood cell count was excessively high, which suggested she had an infection. Blood cultures were positive. Read more about this case
- $1.3 Million Settlement Secures Future of Elderly Client – Panter, Panter & Sampedro recently resolved a matter on behalf of an elderly client who was injured as she attempted to enter a car. Taken to a local trauma center in South Florida, Margaret Jansen* underwent emergency surgery and significant hospitalizations and rehabilitation. Overwhelmed with mounting medical bills, an uncertain future, and the insecurity of possibly not being able to take care of herself, Margaret contacted David Sampedro. After filing suit and setting the case for trial, the case was set for mediation. Fortunately, David was able to resolve this matter for the sum of $1.3 million dollars. Margaret will be able to use these funds to pay her outstanding medical expenses as well as to secure her economic future and get the care she will need for the remainder of her life.
- Insurance Company Tenders Policy Limits in $1.3 Million Payment to Victim in Pedestrian Accident. After she was injured in a pedestrian accident, the insurance company attempted to defend the case by blaming Madison for the accident. They said that she was jaywalking and had been responsible for causing the accident. In addition, they indicated that the street where Madison was struck was very dark and that their insured had no ability to see Madison as she darted across the street. After six weeks and mounting concern that they may be responsible for extra contractual liability, David Sampedro convinced the insurance company to tender their policy limits and the matter was resolved for the sum of $1.3 Million. Read more about this case.
- $1.2 million dollar lawsuit settlement obtained for three children of Mr. Masse, a Haitian immigrant. Mr Masse was killed at the Coventa recycling plant in Ft. Meyers when the negligent driver of a front end loader ran over him, crushing and killing him. The settlement will help with the financial needs of the children. Read more about this case or see the $1 million check. The other $200,000 was used to buy an annuity for the children.Mr. Panter has represented people from many different countries, often obtaining multimillion dollar personal injury settlements and jury verdicts for them.
- Stomach Ache Leads $1 million Settlement – During the early morning of July 4, 2007, Michael Enriquez went to the emergency room of a local hospital complaining of nausea, vomiting, loose stool, and severe stomach pain for two days. After being forced to sign an admission form which indicated that most of the doctors that would treat him were not employees of the hospital, he was taken into the emergency room. A CT Scan taken subsequently confirmed that he was suffering from a high grade small bowel obstruction. Mr. Enriquez was admitted by the attending physician who requested an urgent surgical evaluation. Within a couple of hours, Michael began running a temperature and his heart rate began to increase. Read more about this case.
- The family of a 40-year-old man killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver known as a habitual drinker sought over $1 million against tavern owner who sold the driver the alcohol.
- $1 million settlement for a young husband and father. He was a tree cutter with advance training designated as an arborist. He was working in a bucket extended from a Terex Telelect lift when suddenly and unexpectedly part of the lift that is connected to the truck collapsed and his life was forever shattered. He suffered spinal injuries and became a paraplegic.
- A 40-year-old man sought $1 million in damages after falling through the fifth floor of a building when a concrete pump snapped and crashed near him and four others, nearly severing his ankle.
- Industrial Tragedy Kills Husband and Father, Family Obtains a $1 Million Settlement. Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A. worked with the Finizio Law Firm to investigate and find out why this tragedy occurred and who was responsible.