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94% of Doctors never have a medical malpractice claim filed against them

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April 27, 2016

According to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, approximately 1% of all doctors account for 32 % of all paid medical malpractice claims.  As noted in the New York Times, 94% of all doctors have no claims against them.

Lead author of the study, David M. Studdert, a professor of law and medicine at Stanford, informed the Times that, “Doctors who accumulate multiple claims are a problem, and a threat to the health care system. Identifying these high-risk doctors is a key first step toward doing something about the problem.”

Any attorney who practices in medical malpractice has already known the findings of this study anecdotally through their years of working for the victims of medical malpractice. The vast majority of doctors and other health care professionals do excellent, life-saving work every single day and will never have a lawsuit filed against them.

For that 1% of doctors though who account for 32% of all paid malpractice claims, a medical malpractice lawsuit is a crucial step in ensuring that those high-risk doctors are perhaps taken out of the health care world.

To learn more:

Prevalence and Characteristics of Physicians Prone to Malpractice Claims

Doctors Who Get Sued Are Likely to Get Sued Again – New York Times

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