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Information Regarding Medical Malpractice Lawsuits According to Specialty

Posted by Peter Heed on July 30, 2013

Medscape recently interviewed nearly 1,400 physicians who have been sued according to their specialty.  Here is the breakdown of the top ten:

Internal Medicine               15%
Family Medicine                 13%
Ob/Gynecology                    9%
Psychiatry                           8%
Cardiology                          6%
Pediatrics                            5%
Emergency Medicine             4%
Oncology                            4%
Anesthesiology                    3%
Diabetes & Endocrinology      3%
General Surgery                   3%
Orthopedics                         3%                    

35% of medical malpractice lawsuits involved failure to diagnose (17% failure to treat) and 62% of the physician respondents reported that the lawsuit result was fair.

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