Juan Oro was a handsome, vibrant, 27-year-old man who was living the American Dream. Juan came to this country from Cuba with the love of his life and had been working since the third day he came to this country. Juan worked hard and was striving to save enough money to buy a house for his bride, who was expecting their first child.
On April 13, 2011, Juan was overcome with joy when he learned that his wife was expecting a baby boy. The next day Juan kissed his wife goodbye and left for work. Unbeknownst to Diana, it was the last time she would ever see her husband.
Juan went to work that morning 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 was facing the trailer, and his back was to the tractor. He did not see the tractor coming, and was pinned between the tractor and trailer and killed instantly.
Juan’s widow came to Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., to find out what happened to her husband. David Sampedro hired various expert witness including accident reconstructionist, trucking experts, economist, and animators. After blistering through discovery, the case was set for trial and was resolved at mediation less than one year after Juan’s death.
Although the terms of the settlement were confidential, the case was resolved in mediation for an amount that will exceed $15.5 million in benefits to Juan’s widow and son. Although Diana and her son will never have Juan again, these funds ensure that Juan’s dream will remain alive and that his family will be secure in the future.
* The names of the parties have been changed as a result of a confidential settlement.