Medical Malpractice Cases

Dr. MICHAEL A ADDONIZIO, MD Medical Malpractice Cases, Lawsuits, and Complaints

Court Case # 2018CA001053000000

Indemnity Paid: $500,000.00

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number : M201988894
Claim Number : WC/107407-16
Date Submitted : 5/23/2019
Insurer Information
Insurer Name Coverage Type
Watson Clinic LLP Primary
Insurer FEIN Professional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
Type First Name MI Last Name
Individual Diane   Szymanski
Street Address
1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd
City State Zip
Lakeland FL 33805
Phone Ext Fax E-Mail Address
(863) 680 - 7620   (863) 616 - 2430
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Self-Insurer1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
License NumberSpecialty Code & ClassificationCertification Number
ME77311Radiology - interventional 

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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
Patients' Room 
Date of OccurrenceDate Reported to Insurer
Diagnostic Information
Final Diagnosis For Which Treatment Was Sought Including Patient's Actual Condition
Patient admitted to the hospital on July 25, 2016 with presenting symptoms of acute expressive aphasia. CT scan of the head was ordered, performed, and interpreted by Dr. Michael Addonizio.
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
On July 19, 2016, an otolaryngologist performed a balloon sinuplasty on the left and right maxillary sinuses, left and right sphenoid sinuses and the left and right frontal sinuses on this patient. The procedure was uneventful. Following the sinuplasty, that physician observed his patient to ensure that no complications were incurred during the procedure. There were no complications noted. No bleeding, CSF fluid leakage, or complaints of headache.On July 25, 2016, the patient and his wife were driving and the patient became aphasic. This resulted in an ambulance being called and the patient was taken to the emergency room where he was considered a ¿stroke alert¿. As a part of the stroke alert workup, and in order to determine whether or not the patient was a potential TPA candidate, a CT scan of the head was performed and interpreted by Dr. Addonizio. Dr. Addonizio¿s written report did not reflect any evidence of intracranial aneurysm or vascular thrombosis. However, he identified intracranial gas densities along the upper portion of the head. These findings were communicated directly to the ER physician. Also reported by Dr. Addonizio was the note stating, ¿I can¿t exclude a non-displaced fracture or gas-producing infection¿.
Diagnostic Code : 
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Alleged misinterpretation and reporting of CT scan.
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
As a result of the ¿stroke alert¿ status, a neurologist was consulted in the emergency room. Based upon his workup and evaluation of this patient and the CT report, the neurologist felt that TPA was an appropriate medication to administer. The patient was provided TPA and did, unfortunately, have a small intracranial hemorrhage.Retrospective review of the CT scan revealed subtle indications of fluid densities in and around the gas densities that were identified by Dr. Addonizio.
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Major - Paraplegia, blindness, loss of two limbs, brain damage.

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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$500,000
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$55,744
All Other Loss Adjustment Expense Paid$33,475
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
Circumstances of the event were reviewed with individual parties involved.
No updates found.


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