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What Traits Do Doctors Targeted By Medical Malpractice Claims Have in Common?

Jason Reese

Is Your Doctor More Prone to A Medical Malpractice Claim?

Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that doctors of certain demographics may be more prone to medical malpractice claims. Interestingly, just one percent of all doctors were linked to nearly one-third of all paid malpractice claims. The study, led by a team of Stanford researchers, revealed that there are some common characteristics among these claim-prone doctors. They looked at more than 66,000 claims filed against 54,000 doctors nationally between 2005 and 2014, and found these recurring traits among those doctors with more than one paid malpractice claim:

Gender – 82 percent of the claim-prone physicians were men

Age – 74 percent of the physicians with multiple paid claims in the nine-year span were between 45 and 64 years old

Specialty – The most common practice areas for claim-prone physicians were internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery

It’s also worth noting that a doctor’s likelihood of committing malpractice increases exponentially if they’ve had prior instances of malpractice. “Compared to physicians with only one previous claim, a physician who had three previous claims is three times as likely to have another one,” according to the study.

Fortunately, patients in Indiana have full access to the disciplinary backgrounds of doctors and pharmacists through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. You can access the entire database here.

If you believe your healthcare provider has committed medical malpractice, the medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese can help you get the justice you deserve. Restore the balance of power and get the legal support and advice you need so that you can focus on your own health and healing. Submit our online form or call us 24 hours a day at (888) 204-8440.


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