Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. Ira Baum Medical Malpractice Cases

Court Case # 08-15315CA10

Indemnity Paid: $225,000.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number :M200953546
Claim Number :11020-01
Date Submitted :4/30/2009
Insurer Information
Insurer NameCoverage Type
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualKaren Kessler
Street Address
3000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 400
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(615) 371 - 87762249
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualIra Baum
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed8940 No. Kendall Dr.
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Podiatric Physician 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number

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
Other Outpatient FacilityUnknown Surgery Center
Name of InstitutionCode
Location of Institutional InjuryOther Location of Institutional Injury
Date of OccurrenceDate Reported to Insurer
Diagnostic Information
Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Hammertoe deformity; neuroma, right
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Arthroplasty, digits 2-5, right
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Patient developed a post-op infection, which was treated initially with oral antibiotics.His condition did not improve, and he was admitted to the hospital for two weeks for IV antibiotic therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.After discharge, he continued under insured?s care, and was treated with hyperbaric oxygen treatments, whirlpool and iodine treatments, which resolved his infection.Patient claims to have suffered an ischemic event during the surgery, leading to infection and gangrene.He alleges his past medical history contraindicated the use of an Epinephrine block; however, it should be noted that patient?s PCP testified that he medically cleared insured for surgery; the patient was pre-diabetic and not diabetic; and the patient never had evidence of circulatory or vascular problems before the surgery.The consulting infectious disease specialist had the opportunity to examine patient?s toes one week after the surgery and found no evidence of necrosis or ischemic changes.Instead, he opined that patient was suffering from a post-op infection. Likewise, the consulting vascular surgeon testified that based upon his consultation post-op, he found normal vascularity of patient?s right foot.Patient eventually healed the infection with use of the modalities referenced, all of which require blood perfusion to aid in healing. Had patient suffered an ischemic injury from the hammertoe surgery, these modalities would not have likely healed the infection.
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
County Suit Filed inDate of Final Disposition
Other Defendants Involved in this Claim
Ira M. Baum, DPM, P.A.
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$225,000
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$102,337
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$36,707
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
None - Specialty code #80993
No updates found.



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