Which Doctors Get Sued The Most For Malpractice?

Tuesday August 16, 2016

Some Specialists Seem To Draw More Lawsuits

About 6 out of 10 physicians will be sued for medical malpractice at least once by the end of their careers. While any malpractice lawsuit must be judged on its merits, certain categories of physicians are more likely to be sued than others.

The most frequently sued doctors tend to practice in complex fields of medicine in which patients have much at stake. When these specialists make mistakes, there is a high potential for irreversible harm or fatality.

Most Frequently Sued, By Area Of Practice

An industry survey revealed which doctors are statistically most likely to be sued. (Bear in mind that being sued does not necessarily mean a finding of negligence.) M.D.’s who are most likely to face malpractice lawsuits each year:

  • Brain surgeon – 19 percent
  • Heart surgeon – 19 percent
  • General surgeon – 15 percent
  • Orthopedic surgeon (bones and joints) – 14 percent
  • Plastic surgeon – 13 percent
  • Gastroenterologist (digestive system) – 12 percent
  • OB-GYN (female reproductive) – 11 percent
  • Urologist (male reproductive) – 10 percent
  • Pulmonologist (lungs) – 9 percent
  • Oncologist (cancer) – 9 percent

Psychiatrists and pediatricians are least likely to be sued. Female doctors are far less likely to be sued for medical malpractice than their male counterparts, across all areas of practice.

Doctors Are Not Above The Law

Even the most learned and respected physicians sometimes commit errors. Even the most prestigious medical centers in Connecticut are accountable. But only a fraction of medical malpractice claims result in a settlement or jury award for the plaintiff. The standard of proof is high and juries tend to give physicians the benefit of the doubt. Choosing a lawyer with a proven track record in medical malpractice litigation gives you the best chance for justice.

If you suspect medical negligence, reach out to experienced malpractice lawyers at the New Haven law firm of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C. We provide a free consultation and case evaluation, taking cases across Connecticut. Call 888-522-7144.

Source: New England Journal of Medicine & Medscape.com

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