Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. CHRISTOPHER J BAKER Medical Malpractice Cases

Court Case # 07CA 7322

Indemnity Paid: $25,000.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number :M200849328
Claim Number :07-0001
Date Submitted :4/22/2008
Insurer Information
Insurer NameCoverage Type
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualJack Heda
Street Address
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(954) 985 - 1165 (954) 212 -
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed1605 West Fairbanks Avenue
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Winter ParkFL32789Orange
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
ME70668Surgery - Neurology - Including Child 

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
Patient presented to Dr. Baker?s office with low back pain radiating into the right groin and left hip. An abnormal MRI reviewed by the referring physician revealed a large, dumbbell shaped tumor emanating from the neural foramen at the left L2-3 area. Dr. Baker?s assessment was that the tumor had destroyed portions of the vertebral body of L2 and the exiting nerve root. Treatment required removal of the tumor and stabilization of the L2-L3 level. Patient decided to undergo resection of the tumor, a decompression laminectomy at L2-L3, and L4 and a pedicle instrumented fusion. The surgery was completed without complication and patient was discharged home.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Following the surgery problems with infection arose and patient underwent surgical debridements on 2/15/05, 7/15/05 and /6/05. The first and third debridements were performed by Dr. Baker, with the second performed by his partner Dr. Sawin.
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
The infection was consistently noted to be superficial, it never completely healed and eventually Dr. Baker recommended another surgery where new hardware would be placed to provide additional stability. Patient then sought a second opinion and on 1/26/2006 underwent surgery at Shands by another physician to remove the infected hardware. Patient then underwent a lengthy course of antibiotics and third surgery on 6/27/06 to remove more of the tumor. To date, patient is doing well and has not had any new/additional hardware placed in her lumbar region.
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Minor - Loss of fingers, loss or damage to organs.Includes non-disabling injuries.

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report


Legal Information
Date of SuitCircuit Court Case Number
7/16/200707CA 7322
County Suit Filed inDate of Final Disposition
Other Defendants Involved in this Claim
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
No Court Proceedings. 
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$25,000
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$16,104
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$0
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
No updates found.



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