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Mitchell Panter Receives Lawyer of the Year Award in Dade County, which is in successfully running a Mock P anter & Panter is proud to announce that designed to provide support for the law education programs in Trial Program which enlists over 100 lawyers to coach, Mitchell Panter was Dade’s Public Schools. judge and participate in a recently honored by Mock Trial where High School The Florida Law Mitchell Panter has been students serve as lawyers and A Publication by Panter & Panter For Our Clients, Friends and Colleagues. Summer/Fall, 1995 Related Education the Chairman of the Mock participants in a live trial. The Association as the Trial Committee for the Dade winning team goes on to the Lawyer of the Year. County Bar Association Young State Competition and the Disabled Painter Awarded $1.7 Brett Panter’s Mitchell Panter is the Vice President of the Lawyers Section for several years. In this role, Mitchell National Competition which is held in different locations Million Jury Verdict Commitment Mitchell Panter Friends of Law Panter works with over 20 of throughout the country. to Client Education Foundation Dade County’s High Schools the lift. Panter & Panter con- Representation FYI Corner—In An Automobile Accident-Here’s What To Do I n June, 1992 a Dade Circuit Court jury awarded vinced the jury to hold the leasing company responsible beyond The 1. Call the police. Always get a police the cars involved in this accident, the acci- Jose Perez $1.7 for the defective nature of the Courtroom Million after a five lift which consisted of a chain report to document the accident. The police dent scene and any damages sustained by day trial against which was 10 inches too low, are trained to determine fault, liability, you. Bruises heal and are best documented which failed to prevent Jose American Aerial damages and to properly document the immediately. Photographs are a quick, easy from falling and shattering his Lift, an equipment accident for future reference. 2. Obtain as much information as possi- and cost efficient way to assist others in evaluating your case. A picture is worth a thousand words. leasing company. Jose Perez fell 15 knees. The Appellate Courts have B rett Panter is going to New ble. Find out the complete name, address, feet and landed on agreed with Panter & Panter York City this telephone number, insurance coverage and 4. Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the his knees, shatter- and held that the leasing Jose Perez summer to other important information from the negli- truth! Anything you tell your attorney is ing his legs and company was responsible for record sever- gent driver. Get a copy of the Short Form protected by the attorney client privilege. destroying his life. putting a defective product al of his suc- Police Report or other documentation Generally, lies and/or mistruths come back into the stream of commerce. cessful clos- Jose Perez was brought to Brett Panter regarding the Police Case Number from the to haunt you. Always tell your attorney the In the Florida Supreme ing arguments Panter & Panter, P.A.,by his investigating officer. truth and nothing but the truth. It is always Court, Panter & Panter con- which will become part of the worker’s compensation easier to deal with bad news when you lawyer, Peter Capua. tinued this line of argument Million Dollar Argument Series 3. Take pictures. Take photographs of know it is coming. and requested that the Court produced and published by the Panter & Panter took this case with attorney Capua from hold the leasing company Professional Techniques Library. “ L e t o u r fa m i l y h e l p yo u a n d yo u r fa m i l y.” the jury verdict to the Florida solely responsible for their Mr. Panter will be recording an Supreme Court where the case negligence in placing a defec- argument that he made in a case was argued in August, 1994. tive product into the stream brought by him against Alamo Bulk Rate of commerce without regard Rent-A-Car where he represented American Aerial Lift argued for the safety and well being the estates and families of two U.S. Postage PAID that they were just a leasing of Jose Perez. A decision English sailors that were killed and The Mail Man company and not responsible from the Supreme Court is another sailor who was injured for the defective condition of still pending. when the Alamo Rent-A-Car that PANTER BUILDING Car-Rt-Sort 6950 NORTH KENDALL DRIVE • MIAMI, FLORIDA 33156 At Panter & Panter we they were driving crashed into a strongly believe in the legal canal on Alligator Alley. In that system and will pursue our case through the efforts of Brett cases for our clients through Panter, the jury rendered a ver- all legal channels. This case is dict in the amount of $7.7 Million a prime example of our com- Dollars. mitment to our clients and our Brett Panter will also be PANTER BUILDING 6950 NORTH KENDALL DRIVE • MIAMI, FLORIDA 33156 community to ensure that the recording his argument in the (CORNER OF KENDALL & US 1) responsible parties are held Jose Perez v. American Aerial TELEPHONE: (305) 662-6178 • TOLL FREE: (800) 593-6178 FAX: (305) 662-9472 accountable for their actions. Lift case. In the Perez case a Continued on Page 2 Wrongful Death Recovery Slip & Fall Recovery on the highway during a mul- never be able to have her R obert West was killed in a tragic car accident in October of 1992. Robert timillion dollar construction project. It was proven that husband’s love and compan- ionship again, however, with M ildred Poppell is a 64 year old woman who went to practitioner in Homestead. Mr. Maas called Panter & was also interviewed and video-taped for use at trial to was driving his DOT had a contract which the help of her attorneys she eat at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant Panter, to handle what started explain the pain and suffering car south on I-95 required all of the various was able to receive compen- at the Dadeland Mall on June 8, off as a simple slip and fall that Mildred went through when he ran into parties to maintain 90% illu- sation which will provide 1992. When Mildred Poppell was case which became a very following this accident. Panter the rear of a com- mination of the project, which financial assistance and secu- leaving Ruby Tuesday she complicated case against many & Panter worked with the pletely disabled included the area where the rity to her. slipped and fell in front of the defendants. Panter & Panter, best available expert witnesses car which had accident occurred. Through Ruby Tuesday’s door on the tile. P.A., brought suit against the to prove their case, including stalled on I-95 in discovery Panter & Panter Through the efforts of following defendants, Haley the Editor of the South Florida the southbound produced evidence from the Panter & Panter Panter & Panter and experts Construction, Dadeland Mall, Building Code, a prominent lane in front of homicide investigator and And Our working with them it was Ruby Tuesday, Interplan architect and the president of him. Rose West, other witnesses that all of the Community discovered that the reason Architects, and Sherrick a large construction company. the wife of Robert lights in the subject area were Mildred fell was because the Construction. After getting the case ready West sought the out on the night of the crash. slope at the exit of the Ruby Mildred Poppell suffered a for trial, Panter & Panter was help of her family attorney, Alan While Mr. West was proceed- ing southbound on I-95 he P anter & Panter is a proud sponsor of KIDS CLUB. KIDS CLUB is part Tuesday was designed and built in violation of the South fractured left wrist and developed reflex sympathetic able to resolve the claim for Mildred Poppell. Mildred Saslaw. Mr. Saslaw could not see that the Vega Florida Building Code dystrophy and carpel tunnel Poppell received the compen- Rose West of the Dade County Bar came to Panter & car was broken down. Handicap Accessibility syndrome as a result of the sation that she was entitled to Association Young Lawyers Panter to combine his efforts Because of the darkness this Provisions. The slope was wrist fracture. and she is among one of the Section involvement in our with them in what turned out to crash occurred and Mr. West also in violation of the con- many satisfied clients who community with foster Panter & Panter flew to be a very complicated liability was killed. struction plans prepared by have had Panter & Panter, children. KIDS CLUB has North Carolina to take the case. It was determined that the the defendant architect. P.A., represent them. Mr. West left behind his sponsored several success- video-taped depositions of disabled car, owned by Eugenia wife Rose West and a 24 year ful outings going to such After this incident, Mildred Mildred’s doctors who cared Vega was uninsured. A lawsuit old son. places as Metrozoo, the went to her family lawyer, John for her after her injury while was filed against the following Panter & Panter, P.A., Actor’s Playhouse, the Maas with the Law Firm of she was recuperating with (Mildred Poppell has requested that the amount of defendants, Dayco-Astaldi worked with numerous expert Miami Museum of Science Hellman & Maas, a prominent her family. Mildred’s family her settlement be confidential.) Construction Company, Morrison witnesses in this case including and the Grand Finale trip Knudsen Corporation, Quality an accident reconstruction to Disney World. Electric Contracting, Inc., Florida Department of Transportation expert, a human factors expert, Panter & Panter is (FDOT), Stuckey’s Land and several illumination experts proud of our involvement Development and Florida Power with this wonderful organi- & Light Company. After conducting a mock trial and preparing for trial zation established and designed to help children Broward Jury Awards Malpractice Victim $500,000 Each of these defendants the case was settled for enjoy life. plastic surgeon was able to to compensate him for his had a duty to maintain lighting $430,500.00. Rose West will A nthony Bonilla, a body- builder and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, wanted a perfect- assist Mr. Bonilla, permanent, irreparable damage had past and future medical expenses, lost wages and ly proportioned body. But his already been done. Plastic pain and suffering. Brett Panter Seminar and were provided victims basic constitutional calves were about three inches surgery, extensive physical Continued from Page 1 Presently, Panter & Panter with valuable insight into the rights. At Panter & Panter we too small, so he consulted Dr. therapy and $30,000.00 later, is mounting a campaign with jury rendered a verdict in the law by the experience of are committed to our clients Leon Doyan of Coral Springs to Mr. Bonilla sought legal the Florida Board of Medicine amount of $1.7 Million Dollars. Brett Panter. and our system and we will surgically insert implants into his advise from Panter & Panter. and Department of Business Most recently, Brett Panter As an active EAGLE Member do everything in our power calf. Mitchell Panter presented and Professional Regulation was a Faculty Member and of the Academy of Florida to preserve your rights. Panter After the surgery Anthony the case to a Broward County to prevent Dr. Leon Doyan lectured for the National Trial Lawyers, Brett Panter & Panter is also active in the Bonilla developed searing Jury in February, 1995 and from continuing to practice Business Institute in a Seminar went to Tallahassee on April 11 Association of Trial Lawyers pain in his right leg. When the Jury returned a verdict in medicine. We are committed entitled “Paralegals and the of America in fighting legisla- the pain did not stop, Dr. favor of Anthony Bonilla to serving our clients and our and April 12, 1995 and lobbied Litigation Team in Florida”. tion which would serve to Leon Doyan finally removed finding that Dr. Leon Doyan community in pursuing all with the Florida Legislature had committed medical mal- available channels to protect Over 50 paralegals and attor- take away victims basic con- the implant, but it was too including State Representatives practice and awarded our community from negligent neys attended this full day stitutional rights. late, the damage was done. and Senators on behalf of By the time that a reputable Anthony Bonilla $500,000.00 health care providers.
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