Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. Timothy Blend Medical Malpractice Cases

Court Case # 04-2519; CI 13

Indemnity Paid: $190,600.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

 
Department File Number :M200640346
Claim Number :03-1101
Date Submitted :4/25/2006
 
Insurer Information
 
Insurer NameCoverage Type
LEXINGTON INSURANCE COMPANYPrimary
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
25-1149494 
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualCECILIA SALA
Street Address
4211 BOYSCOUT BLVD., STE. 160
CityStateZip
TAMPAFL33624
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(813) 874 - 0768 (813) 874 - 0710csala@che.org
 
Insured Information
 
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualTimothyWBlend
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed500 MLK, Jr., Street North, Suite 303
CityStateZip CodeCounty
ST PETERSBURGFL33705-1496Pinellas
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
031-0352$1,000,000$3,000,000
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
ME62136Emergency Medicine - No Major Surgery 

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Injured Person Information
 
First NameMILast NameDate of Birth
    
Street AddressGenderCounty where Injury Occurred
 FPinellas
CityStateZip Code
   
Location where injury occuredOther location where injury occured
Hospital Inpatient Facility 
Name of InstitutionCode
SAINT ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL100067
Location of Institutional InjuryOther Location of Institutional Injury
OtherEmergency Department
Date of OccurrenceDate Reported to Insurer
12/16/20021/17/2003
 
Diagnostic Information
 
Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Presented to the Emergency Department (ED) with complaints of abdominal pain and vomiting.Diagnosed with gastritis and discharged.Brought back to the ED 4 days later, was diagnosed with appendicitis and periappendiceal abscess.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
Underwent an appendectomy.
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Initially, diagnosed with gastritis; subsequently diagnosed with appendicitis.
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Hospitalized for 2 months; post-operatively, developed respiratory failure and sepsis and underwent hemodialysis, tracheostomy, bronchoscopy, and blood transfusion; was also treated for congestive heart failure.Discharged to Kindred Hospital.
Severity Of Injury
Temporary: Major - Burns, surgical material left, drug side effect, brain damage.Recovery delayed.

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Legal Information
 
Date of SuitCircuit Court Case Number
4/6/200404-2519; CI 13
County Suit Filed inDate of Final Disposition
Pinellas4/10/2006
Other Defendants Involved in this Claim
St. Anthony's Hospital
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. 
Arbitration
Claim not subject to Arbitration.
Date of Payment
4/11/2006
 
Financial Information
 
Was there a settlement Resulting in payment to the Plaintiff?Yes
Indemnity Paid by Insurer on behalf of Insured$190,600
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$32,984
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$0
Injured Person's Total Non-Economic Loss$500,000
Deductible$0
Injured Person's Total Economic Loss
 Incurred to DateAnticipated
Medical Expense$1,109,176$0
Wage Loss$0$0
Other Expenses$0$0
Safety Management Steps Taken by Insured to Make Similar Occurrence Less Likely
Defense counsel discussed the case with the physician.
 
Updates
 
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Court Case # 2009CA16214NC

Indemnity Paid: $25,000.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

 
Department File Number :M201262950
Claim Number :FL-EPS-06B
Date Submitted :2/23/2012
 
Insurer Information
 
Insurer NameCoverage Type
APPLIED MEDICO-LEGAL SOLUTIONS RISK RETENTION GROUP, INC.Primary
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
81-0603029 
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualCindy Black
Street Address
12700 Park Central Drive, Suite 900
CityStateZip
DallasTX75251
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(866) 520 - 6896 (972) 739 - 2631cblack@bpmp.com
 
Insured Information
 
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualTimothy Blend
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed5731 Bee Ridge Rd.
CityStateZip CodeCounty
SarasotaFL34233Sarasota
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
G-AMS-115097$500,000$1,500,000
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
ME62136Emergency Medicine - No Major Surgery 

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Injured Person Information
 
First NameMILast NameDate of Birth
    
Street AddressGenderCounty where Injury Occurred
 FSarasota
CityStateZip Code
   
Location where injury occuredOther location where injury occured
Emergency Room 
Name of InstitutionCode
SARASOTA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL100087
Location of Institutional InjuryOther Location of Institutional Injury
Critical Care Unit 
Date of OccurrenceDate Reported to Insurer
1/8/20084/21/2009
 
Diagnostic Information
 
Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Patient presented to hospital ED complaining of fever, nausea, vomiting headaches & diarrhea over last 4 days.Patient seen & treated by PA for whom the insured physician was the supervising physician.PA noted history of Crohns disease, cholecystecomy 1 yr prior, aortic valve repair w/bovine valve, & a stent w/cabg in left anterior decending artery 6 yrs prior.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
PA performed physical exam, noting temporal membranes were slightly pink & some sign of thrush in mouth, but remainder of head exam was normal. Pt reported some pain in her right leg. PA ordered CBC, CMP, sedimentation rate, blood cultures, flu swab & right leg ultrasound for DVT. PA also ordered bolus of IV fluid, Phenergan & Motrin. Blood work was within normal limits. Basic metabolic profile showed some abnormalities consistent w/several days of vomiting & diarrhea. Sedimentation rate was 68 on scale of 0-30 mm/hr. Ultrasound was negative for DVT & nasal swab for flu was negative. Pt diagnosted w/viral syndrome, oral thrush & right leg pain. Patient given prescription for Phenergan & Nystatin for thrush. Patient told to take alternating doses of Motrin & Tylenol for fever control & to return to ER if unable to control fever. Pt was instructed to see local primary physician.
Diagnostic Code :101
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Patient returned to ED 2 days later complaining of continued flu-like systoms, body aches, fever, nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea. Pt was kept in Ed for 10 hrs so vital signs could be monitored for trending purposes. Pt was kept in Ed for 10 hrs so vital signs could be monitored for trending purposes. Her temperature increased & blood pressure became borderline hypotensive. Pt given additional IV fluids & more Tylenol.Admission recommended but pt refused. Pt was discharged w/general diagnosis of fever & given prescription of Antibiotics and Reglan, was told to increase her fluid intake & take Tylenol for fever, see a local primary physician & return to ED if symptoms became worse. 2 days later patient was taken via EMS to another hospital: husband found her in bathroom where she had fallen off the toilet. Her left arm was seizing & she had slurred speech. Initial impression was ¿cerebral hypoperfusion rather than a clot within the basilar artery.¿ She was admitted to ICU & infectious disease consult suggested possibility of endocarditis. Echocardiogram performed several hrs after arrival was abnormal & vegetation on the bovine valve could not be excluded. Patient continued to decline through the day. An ABG showed severe metabolic acidosis.Patient ultimately had an abrupt seizure & then vent into ventricular fibrillation, then asystole. Patient could not be revived.
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Death Certificate stated cause of death was ventricular fibrillation due to basilar artery CVA. Post-mortem lists primary anatomic findings as (1) prosthetic aortic valve with vegetations and clot, (2) microemboli to cerebellum & possibly other areas of central nervous system, (3) atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease of the basilar artery system.Plaintiff alleged insured PA failed to recognize the signs & symptoms of endocarditis which resulted in patient¿s death.
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Death.

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Legal Information
 
Date of SuitCircuit Court Case Number
6/8/20092009CA16214NC
County Suit Filed inDate of Final Disposition
Sarasota2/15/2012
Other Defendants Involved in this Claim
Mead, Robert
Lemon-Steiner, Linda
Federer, Deborah
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
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. 
Arbitration
Claim not subject to Arbitration.
Date of Payment
1/22/2012
 
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$0
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$0
Injured Person's Total Non-Economic Loss$0
Deductible$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
Well-credentialed experts opined that insured physician's care of patient met the standard of care & no act, error or omission caused or contributed to patient's injuries. Settlement of claim was a business decision to avoid expense of a lengthy trial.
 
Updates
 
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