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.