The risk of malpractice lawsuits vary by physician specialty, according to the Rand Corporation, which released the figures below by the Massachusetts Medical Society outlining which types of doctors most commonly face lawsuits.
Not surprisingly, the studies show a significant increase in risk of medical malpractice suits based on the risk of the work typically done by the doctor. In other words, specialties focused on the brain, heart, or childbirth all run a high risk because the stakes are also high. Also, surgeries of any type tend to run a higher risk than non-surgical medicine, both for the patient and for the doctor trying to avoid malpractice.
The money paid to plaintiffs also correlates in many cases to the level of risk. Injuries from malpractice in neurosurgery, for example, are usually much more severe and require more financial compensation than injuries from dermatology.
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