Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. Norma Appelbaum Medical Malpractice Cases

Court Case # 10-CA-001139

Indemnity Paid: $485,000.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number :M201264455
Claim Number :39100-01
Date Submitted :7/31/2012
Insurer Information
Insurer NameCoverage Type
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualOdessa Choice
Street Address
1000 Riverside Avenue, Suite 800
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(800) 741 - 37423045(904) 358 -
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualNorma Appelbaum
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed3512 Del Prado Blvd.
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Cape CoralFL33904Lee
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
DN12052Dental General Practice - NOC80211

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
Physician's Office 
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
Patient appeared for root canal treatment for #4 and 31 with crowns for 4,5 & 15. Attempted sinus lift 4-2; however, perforation found at site of previous extraction and infection developed.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Sinus lift 2-4.Patient did not reveal previous history of severe sinusitis; cocaine abuse and smoking.Infection developed and spread in sinuses requiring oral surgery and ENT referral and followup.Trigeminal neuropathy developed, which became refractory to rhizotomy and ablation procedures.
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Followup ENT surgical procedures and neurosurgery treatment to ablate pain source.
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Significant - Deafness, loss of limb, loss of eye, loss of one kidney or lung.

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
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$485,000
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$64,656
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$20,139
Injured Person's Total Non-Economic Loss$485,000
Injured Person's Total Economic Loss
 Incurred to DateAnticipated
Medical Expense$364,000$0
Wage Loss$0$0
Other Expenses$0$0
Safety Management Steps Taken by Insured to Make Similar Occurrence Less Likely
Insurance company staff consulted with insured to discuss preventative measures. Risk management referral is made if appropriate.
No updates found.



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