The New England Journal of Medicine published a study which tried to classify the types of physicians who are most frequently involved in paid medical malpractice claims. The study looked at 66,000 malpractice claims paid between 2005 and 2014. During that decade, approximately 54,000 doctors were held responsible for the claims. The lead researcher was Dr. David Studert of Stanford University.
The biggest predictor of claim prone physicians is prior medical malpractice claims. According to Dr. Studert, “ compared to physicians with only one previous claim, a physician who has 3 three previous claims is three times more likely to have another one.”
Significantly, the study found that only 6% of all doctors had paid any claims during that ten period of 2005 – 2014. Additionally, Dr. Studert noted that physicians with multiple claims yet continue to practice medicine is an ongoing significant problem.
The biggest predictor of claim prone physicians is prior medical malpractice claims.
How would you feel if you or a loved one or friend was seriously injured or killed by one of these doctors who had multiple claims against him or her? In the claims that the study reviewed, 1/3 resulted in death, while another 54% resulted in serious injury.
Despite this information being available since 2015, the Trump and Congress wish to pass laws that make it difficult to sue for malpractice and limit an injured party’s. Let the government know that you are against Tort Reform, which is usually what they call laws designed to restrict injured people access to the court and/or their recovery.
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Posted on Thu, August 24, 2017
by Thomas Tobin III