Charlotte, North Carolina Medical Malpractice: AMA Says 95 Liability Claims Filed for Every 100 US Physicians

August 25, 2010, by Michael A. DeMayo

The American Medical Association says that an average of 95 medical malpractice claims are filed for every 100 doctors. The AMA reveals this and other key findings in its report, which includes data based on a 2008 survey of 5,825 doctors from 42 specialties.

Other findings from the study:
• Almost 61% of doctors in the 55 and older age group have been sued.
• 90% of general surgeons in this age group will have been sued.
• The number of claims for every 100 doctors was over 5 times more for obstetricians-gynecologists and general surgeons than for psychiatrists and pediatricians.
• Over 50% of OB/GYNs will have been sued before they turn 40.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients and their families recover injury compensation from negligent hospitals, surgeons, OB/GYNs, nurses, pediatricians, dentists, oncologists, radiologists, ophthalmologists, and other medical professionals. Contact us to request your free case evaluation if you believe that you or your loved one was the victim of medical malpractice in this state.

Interestingly enough, according to a study on the University of Michigan Health System’s disclosure-with-offer program, telling patients and their families about medical mistakes and offering them compensation in a timely manner—this is exactly what the program does—does not increase the likelihood of a medical liability lawsuit. Instead, the results include less medical malpractice complaints, faster resolution of cases, and lower liability expenses.

Regardless of whether or not a medical provider is willing to offer you compensation for the medical-related injuries that you have suffered, it is still important that you explore your legal options with an experienced North Carolina medical malpractice law firm.

Medical error disclosure not linked to more lawsuits, American Medical News, August 23, 2010

New AMA Report Finds 95 Medical Liability Claims Filed for Every 100 Physicians, American Medical Association, August 3, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Medical Liability Claim Frequency: A 2007-2008 Snapshot of Physicians (PDF)

Medical Malpractice, Insurance Information Institute


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