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Dr. SANDRA E STEVENS, MD Medical Malpractice Cases, Lawsuits, and Complaints

Phycicians Practice Address
701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway

Court Case # 05-2010-CA-009339

Indemnity Paid: $200,000.00

Medical Malpractice Closed Claims Report

Department File Number :M201366043
Claim Number :10-005-AB-000391
Date Submitted :2/14/2013
Insurer Information
Insurer NameCoverage Type
Insurer FEINProfessional License Number
Insurer Contact Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
IndividualAmber Basra
Street Address
8725 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 810
PhoneExtFaxE-Mail Address
(773) 864 - 8291 (773) 864 -
Insured Information
TypeFirst NameMILast Name
Insurer TypeStreet Address of Practice
Licensed701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway
CityStateZip CodeCounty
Cocoa BeachFL32931Brevard
Policy NumberPer Claim Policy LimitsAggregate Policy Limits
Profession or BusinessOther Profession or Business
Medical Doctor 
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
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
Spinal infection status post anterior cervical discectomy and fusion of c4-5 and c5-6
Operation, Diagnostic, Or Treatment Procedure Rendered Causing The Injury
The patient underwent an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion of C4-5 and C5-6 on November 11, 2008.The patient returned to the surgeons office for follow-up care and was noted to have an infection at the surgical site. He had IV antibiotic therapy, however the treatment was ineffective. The patient underwent an incision and drainage procedure on November 21, 2008.The infection remained unresolved, so the patient was returned to the operating room on an urgent basis on the evening of November 25, 2008 for a repeat incision and drainage.Dr. Stevens was the anesthesiologist present for this relatively short, i.e. 40 minute, procedure.The patients blood pressure remained stable and within normal limits at all times during the procedure.The patient appeared to tolerate the procedure well and was transferred to the hospitals PACU for further evaluation.Upon arrival at the PACU, it determined that the patient was hypotensive. Dr. Stevens immediately initiated fluid therapy titrated multiple doses of Phenylephrine.After approximately 30 minutes, the patients blood pressure normalized and remained stable throughout the remainder of his PACU stay.However, the patient, upon awakening, began complaining of an inability to move his arms and legs.Dr. Stevens sought immediate consultation with the patients surgeon, as well as a consulting neurosurgeon, in light of these complaints.
Diagnostic Code :E8769
Misdiagnosis Made, If Any, Of Patient's Actual Condition
Principal Injury Giving Rise To The Claim
Severity Of Injury
Permanent: Grave - Quadraplegia, severe brain damage, lifelong care or fatal prognosis.

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
Health First Physicians, Inc.
Cape Canaveral Hospital/Health First
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$200,000
Loss Adjust Expense Paid to Defense Counsel$139,449
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
It was believed the plaintiff suffered from a spinal infarct , not related to the hypotension.At the time of the second I & Dof the spinal infection,the plaintiff suffered an acute spinal cord injury and the BP was refractory to the injury, i.e., "spinal shock".In this particular situation the event could not be anticipated or prevented with remedial measures.
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