Connecticut: Malpractice Payment of $7,950,000 for Injury to a Male Infant (2005)

In 2005, a medical malpractice insurance company made a payment on behalf of a physician (MD) in Connecticut for approximately* $7,950,000. Payment was made in response to a claim of medical malpractice claim involving an injury along the lines of quadriplegia, brain damage, or the need for lifelong care suffered by a male infant under the age of one year. The nature of the claim is broadly described as: "obstetrics related." The payment report submitted by a medical malpractice payer described the allegations in the claim as "Failure to Recognize a Complication" and "Equipment Utilization Problem."

* The payment amount is approximate because the National Practitioner Data Bank codes payments as a range value. The report's description of $7,950,000 corresponds to a malpractice payment somewhere between $7,900,001 and $8,000,000.

Claim at a Glance

Year of Payment: 2005

Location: Connecticut

First Allegation: Failure to Recognize a Complication

Second Allegation: Equipment Utilization Problem

Act or Omission: 1998

Second Act or Omission: 1998

Payment Range: Between $7,900,001 and $8,000,000

Nature of Claim: Obstetrics Related

Payer: Insurance Company - Primary Coverage

Type of Care: Inpatient

Reporter: A Medical Malpractice Payer

Claim Insights

With respect to any medical malpractice payment, there are three major components of any claim. First, there is the act or omission that gave rise to an injury and whether the provider departed from an accepted standard of practice. Second, there is the nature of the injury itself, which includes several factors like its severity, duration, the impact on the patient’s life, the age and general health of the patient, along with many other elements. Third, there needs to be a causal connection between the negligent act or omission by the provider and the injury itself. Even with a showing of negligence, a medical provider is not legally responsible for an outcome that was not caused by the negligence.

With this in mind, the Data Bank does have some information that can give context to the medical malpractice payments, including the patient’s age, gender, whether it was inpatient or outpatient care, the type of malpractice or medical mistake that was alleged, and the ultimate outcome to the patient.

The information has significant limitations, however, that everyone should keep in mind. For one thing, the information is usually self-reported by the healthcare provider and his or her representatives. When reviewing this information, you should consider whether the patient would have described his or her injury as “minor” or “temporary” or “emotional only.” Further, there are important aspects of any claim valuation that simply cannot work in a database. Flagrant negligence might be coded the same way as what could be described as a smaller error, and one would have no way of knowing from these data. But even with these limitations and even where some required information is missing from any particular report, each of the payment reports in the database have enough to provide some insightful information that can help evaluate medical malpractice claims going forward.

Provider History Includes a Licensure Report

A medical provider's malpractice history can be extremely insightful. A long history of malpractice claims and discipline can certainly affect whether a matter is resolved and for how much. One of the most important goals of the National Practitioner Data Bank is to track providers' disciplinary and malpractice payment history throughout interstate moves or new employment situations.

In addition to this particular malpractice payment, this provider has two other types of reports on record that are worth noting. First, this provider has a total of three malpractice payments in the database. To put this number in perspective, throughout over 200,000 payment records, approximately 55% of them are associated with providers with multiple payments. This provider's total of three malpractice payments is more than 82% of all providers in the database, which is limited to providers with malpractice payment history.

Second, the database reflects that this particular provider has a licensure report on record. These are more unusual among the providers for whom malpractice payments are recorded in the database - only about 15% of the providers with malpractice payments also have at least one licensure report as well.

Provider Detail

Alerts 4


Physician (MD)

Age: Between 40 and 50 Years Old in 1998 When Allegations Arose

Education Completed: Between 1980 and 1990

Malpractice Payments 3
There are other payments in the database associated with this provider:
2005Connecticut$7,950,000Failure to Recognize a Complication
Licensure Reports 1
Adverse actions by the state licensing board are reported to the NPDB. Some of these actions are public, but some are not. All adverse actions must be reported in this database, whether or not they are public.

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