Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. CHATCHAWIN ASSANASEN Medical Malpractice Cases

Court Case # 2008-CA-3867

Indemnity Paid: $112,500.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number :M201160231
Claim Number :2007-00051
Date Submitted :3/25/2011
Insurer Information
Insurer NameCoverage Type
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualAmanda Wescott
Street Address
30 Main Street, Suite 450
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(802) 371 - 2228 (802) 658 -
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed5153 N. NINTH AVENUE
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
ME80084Hematology - No Surgery 

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Injured Person Information
First NameMILast NameDate of Birth
Street AddressGenderCounty where Injury Occurred
CityStateZip Code
Location where injury occuredOther location where injury occured
Hospital Inpatient Facility 
Name of InstitutionCode
Location of Institutional InjuryOther Location of Institutional Injury
Operating Suite 
Date of OccurrenceDate Reported to Insurer
Diagnostic Information
Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
5-year-old female, with a cardiac transplant history, was admitted by her PCP to Sacred Heart Hospital (SHH) for evaluation of fever, recent diarrhea with weight loss and enlarged nodes.CT scan noted significant lymphadenopathy suggesting high likelihood of post transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD).Dr. Assanasen was consulted.He reviewed the CT scan, spoke with the radiologist, and contacted the patient¿s transplant cardiologist located in Atlanta.Dr. Assanasen recommended an urgent diagnostic biopsy and the transplant specialist concurred that the biopsy could be done at SHH.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
A laparoscopic biopsy was undertaken on May 5, 2007.The patient became hypotensive and had cessation of cardiac function at the close of the biopsy procedure as the drapes were being removed.Code sequence followed.Patient was resuscitated, but suffered a neurologic injury and was transferred to Atlanta where she subsequently expired several days later.
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Expert reviewers have been unable identify a cause for what is thought to have been a respiratory event leading to this unfortunate outcome.
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Death.

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report


Legal Information
Date of SuitCircuit Court Case Number
County Suit Filed inDate of Final Disposition
Other Defendants Involved in this Claim
Lewis, Florence
Panhandle Anesthesiology Associates, P.A.
The Nemours Foundation
Sacred Heart Hospital
Goldsmith, William
Guinn, Anne
Stage of Legal System at which Settlement was Reached or Award Made
More than 90 days, after suit filed and prior to or during the course of mandatory settlement conference.
Final Method of Claim Disposition
Settled by parties
Court DecisionOther
OtherDismissed following settlement
Claim not subject to Arbitration.
Date of Payment
Financial Information
Was there a settlement Resulting in payment to the Plaintiff?Yes
Indemnity Paid by Insurer on behalf of Insured$112,500
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$148,317
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$14,109
Injured Person's Total Non-Economic Loss$0
Injured Person's Total Economic Loss
 Incurred to DateAnticipated
Medical Expense$0$0
Wage Loss$0$0
Other Expenses$0$0
Safety Management Steps Taken by Insured to Make Similar Occurrence Less Likely
Transplant patients will be referred back to their transplant center for surgical procedures
No updates found.



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