What doctors are sued the most for medical malpractice?
By: Darrell Castle
Certain medical specialties pose more risk than others, which can lead to some specialties being sued more than others. Usually you don’t sue over a small injury – because you likely won’t win. You have to be able to show significant damage.
While that does mean certain doctors are more at risk than others, those doctors also tend to receive higher pay for their expertise – because when they do their job well, they’re absolutely invaluable.
Here are the specialties that face medical malpractice suits most often:
- Thoracic-cardiovascular surgery
- General surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- Pulmonary medicine
You can view the full list here.
It’s important to note the amount of lawsuits filed doesn’t always mean those lawsuits were settled for the most money. For example, pediatricians get sued less than almost any other physician; but often lawsuits against pediatricians get the highest compensation of any specialty, because injuries to children are so serious and can last a lifetime.
Medical malpractice is a huge deal, both for the victim and for the doctor being accused. It should never be taken lightly, but it is an option if you believe you’ve been seriously injured during surgery or another medical procedure. If that’s your situation, our Memphis medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help.
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