Which Doctors Get Sued Most Often…and Why?

Every year, the Medscape Malpractice Report provides stark findings about primary care physicians and selected specialists who have been sued.  According to the 2015 Report*, OB/GYNs and surgeons are among those most likely to be sued, and oncologists the least.  The majority of allegations involve failure to diagnose and injury/poor outcome following a procedure.

MOST LIKELY
to get sued

OB/GYNs and surgeons
and those providing care in
office-based solo practices

V. LEAST LIKELY
to get sued

Oncologists and those
providing care in
outpatient clinics

An astounding 61% of all physicians have been sued by late career.  Despite that staggering number, most doctors report being unprepared for, and “completely surprised” by, the lawsuit.  The Report quantifies the burdensome nature of lawsuits – the many hours spent in preparation for deposition and trial – far beyond what the physician might expect.

The study also confirms what we well know: lawsuits take a very high emotional toll on physicians and impact both their professional and personal lives.  Lawsuits also negatively impact the physician-patient relationship.  Beyond the legal proceedings, Waranch & Brown is experienced in handling these very important concerns.

Bottom line: physicians should stay informed, understand how lawsuits may affect their practice, and seek sound legal advice.  If you have questions about this or other defense strategies, contact us.

*www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/public/malpractice-report-2015

2015 Top Ranked Law Firms

January 2015 — We are proud to announce that Waranch & Brown, LLC has been named by Fortune Magazine and LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® as one of the Top Law Firms in the United States for 2015.  This is the third consecutive year the firm has received this recognition.

Larry Waranch

Larry Waranch

Larry Waranch is an AV rated trial lawyer and a founding partner of Waranch & Brown. His practice focuses primarily on medical malpractice defense, medical licensure matters, administrative defense and general liability.
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