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Which Doctors Are Most At Risk For Malpractice Lawsuits?

According to a report by Fierce Healthcare, a survey from the American Medical Association found that 95 out of every 100 physicians will be sued for malpractice sometime in their career.

In addition, their 2007-2008 survey of almost 6,000 physicians across 42 specialties found that:

  • About 2/3 of doctors aged 55 and older have been sued
  • Male physicians were twice as likely to be sued as female physicians
  • General surgeons and OB/GYNs had five times the risk as pediatricians
  • Doctors in solo or single-specialty groups had a higher risk than those in a multi-specialty group

They also noted that physicians prevailed 90% of the time that cases went to trial, although these cases can still average $100,000 in defense costs. And even the 65% of cases that are dropped or dismissed can cost over $20,00o to defend.

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