General practitioners and specialist physicians of all types make serious medical errors, but surgeons and obstetricians/gynecologists are the doctors most likely to be sued for medical malpractice.
Doctors Most Likely to be Sued for Errors
Medscape, a leading online source for medical news, recently released the findings of its survey of 4,000 primary care physicians and specialists on the topic of medical malpractice. Of those responding:
· 85 percent of ob/gyns said they had been sued for medical malpractice
· 83 percent of general surgeons said they had been sued for medical malpractice
· 79 percent of orthopedic surgeons said they had been sued for medical malpractice
It’s not surprising these medical specialties face the most lawsuits, as mistakes made during the delivery of a child or in surgery are often the most catastrophic. Preventable errors during these medical procedures can last a lifetime – or end a life.
Most Common Medical Errors Leading to Lawsuits
The most common reasons for medical malpractice lawsuits in this physician survey were:
· Incorrect diagnosis by doctors
· Patients suffering abnormal injuries during treatment
These two types of medical errors accounted for almost one-third each of all lawsuits reported by the physicians surveyed.
In terms of surgery, 100 percent of general surgeons operating in outpatient clinics reported being sued for medical malpractice. And 96 percent of surgeons working in office-based solo practices said they have been sued for their mistakes.
The survey also reported that 70 percent of responding general surgeons in Missouri and five other states classified as the North Central region of the United States had been sued for a medical error.
The numbers in this medical malpractice study are cut and dried, but instances of medical malpractice typically are not. They often involve multiple participants and multiple reasons for the devastating errors.
If you were seriously injured or had a family member die during or following a medical procedure,an attorney experienced in representing victims of medical malpractice can unravel the complicated circumstances to determine the responsible parties and hold them accountable on your behalf.
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