Victim of Drunk Driving Crash Recovers $1.6 Million

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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. [i] Mitchell Panter and the law firm of Panter, Panter & Sampedro was retained to represent the young man and his family in his quest for justice and compensation for the injuries, pain and suffering and disruption of his life.

For starters, contact was made with the State Attorney’s Office to monitor and participate in the criminal prosecution of the drunk driver. Prior to our involvement, the State Attorney’s Office had filed a lesser charge against the drunk driver because they were unaware of the catastrophic nature of the injuries sustained by our client. After several discussions with our firm, the charges were upgraded to include an appropriate analysis of the law and issues in this case, and the family was able to participate in the prosecution and ultimate charges brought against the drunk driver.

The case also required assistance from our firm in determining the driver’s insurance coverage. The drunk driver had a minimal bodily injury policy, which was provided upon demand by Mitchell Panter. Further coverage was discovered through several uninsured motorist (UM) policies and excess coverage policies.

Through months of diligent efforts, medical providers were brought on to examine Mr. Smith as well as to provide him with proper care and treatment for his serious injuries. Medical records, reports, and bills were reviewed and provided to the various insurance carriers in an effort to force them to tender their policy limits.

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.

Mr. Smith and his family trusted Mitchell Panter and Panter, Panter & Sampedro to represent them and assist them through a difficult ordeal. We are honored to assist them and grateful that we were able to provide justice including helping Mr. Smith recover the finances needed to care for his devastating injuries.

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

David Sampedro Joins Board of Paws4You!

David Sampedro has joined the Board of Directors of Paws4You – the nonprofit animal rescue organization in Miami. Paws4You helps save dogs from euthanasia by treating their needs and giving them safe shelter. “I’m looking forward to helping this wonderful organization rescue and care for the rescued animals in our community.” – David Sampedro.

PPS Sponsors Youth Soccer League

Panter, Panter & Sampedro sponsored The Real Miami Madrid 14U, the youth soccer team in Florida, and they recently won the Weston Cup and the South Florida United Youth Soccer Association League championship! PPS also helped purchase #MSDStrong bracelets on the team’s behalf, which the players gave out to other teams at the tournament in memory and in solidarity of the Parkland school shooting victims.

PPS attends Village of Palmetto Bay Annual Picnic Celebration at Coral Reef Park

On Saturday, March 3, PPS attended the Village of Palmetto Bay’s annual picnic and gave out free totes, t-shirts and lunch bags to the community.

PPS Sponsors BikeRunWalk2018 Event

On Saturday, March 10, PPS attended Pinecrest’s BikeRunWalk event at Pinecrest Community Center. The event was a fun and healthy way to experience Pinecrest’s trails, parks and historic destinations. It included a bike rodeo, live entertainment, food trucks, and helmet fittings for cyclists. PPS donated giveaways among them bikes and t-shirts to lucky winners announced at the event!

Keep Miami Streets Safe, #DriveKind

Have you taken the pledge to #DriveKind? Help make Miami streets safe by curbing aggressive and distracted driving. Take the pledge to #DriveKind at

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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.
March 2018

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