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Medical Malpractice Claims: A Breakdown of the Risk Doctors Face

If you make your living as a medical professional, then you know there is considerable risk of facing a malpractice claim at some point in your career.

In fact, according to one study, 75 percent of doctors in low-risk specialties had faced a malpractice claim by age 65, as compared with 99 percent of doctors in high-risk specialties such as neurosurgery and cardiovascular surgery.

While the risk of being sued varies significantly across different kinds of practices, the cumulative risk of medical negligence claims is still very high.

The study, which appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that each year 7.4 percent of all doctors faced malpractice claims, although a solid majority of the claims -- 78 percent -- did not lead to indemnity payments to plaintiffs.

The findings underscore two realities for health care professionals and their insurers:

  • There is a strong likelihood that a doctor will be sued for medical malpractice even after meeting or exceeding the standard of care.
  • And doctors and insurers facing malpractice claims must take the necessary legal steps to minimize the cost and safeguard doctors' professional licenses.

No matter what your specialty is, your medical practice is not only a service -- it is your livelihood.

As professionals ourselves, the attorneys of Schexnaydre Law Firm understand what is at stake in professional liability and medical malpractice claims. Your career, livelihood and personal reputation may be on the line. For more than 15 years, we have offered aggressive, high-quality defense advocacy for professionals in Louisiana and across the U.S.

For more on defense against malpractice claims, please see our professional liability overview.

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