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Study Reveals 1% of Doctors Cause Nearly 33% of U.S. Medical Malpractice

Study Reveals 1% of Doctors Cause Nearly 33% of U.S. Medical Malpractice

Recent data from Stanford researchers finds that 1% of doctors nationwide account for nearly 33% of all paid malpractice claims. In the study which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers looked into more than 66,000 paid malpractice claims against 54,000 physicians across the nation between 2010 and 2014.

Interestingly, the largest predictor of malpractice for claim-prone physicians was whether or not they had a prior claim. In other words, medical malpractice seems to be a common repeat offense among a small portion of doctors in highly concentrated practice areas. Research showed that a physician with three previous malpractice claims was three times as likely to have another malpractice claim.

More than half of all the malpractice claims analyzed involved four areas, which were:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • General Surgery
  • Family Medicine/General Practice

Authors of the study argue that further investigation is needed to determine which doctors are at risk, which can then lead to better training and supervision. In the meantime, Alabamans should take note of this nationwide phenomenon and choose a physician carefully to reduce the likelihood of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has already been the victim of an Alabama physician’s negligence, here are some important aspects of Alabama malpractice law to consider.

Alabama Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a form of negligence committed by medical professionals that entitles victims to be compensated for their unnecessary pain and suffering. In Alabama, healthcare professionals must perform all duties in a way that fits within the industry’s “standard of care”. When those standards of care are violated and the violations cause a victim’s injuries, a malpractice lawsuit may be warranted.

Healthcare providers are expected to provide this reasonable standard care while utilizing the skills expected of a medical professional in the same field or specialty under similar circumstances.

As such, the following are common examples of a healthcare professional’s negligence:

  • A misdiagnosis of a commonly diagnosed medical issue
  • Failing to disclose the risks of a medical treatment
  • Negligent mistakes during a routine surgery
  • And more

It is important to note that medical lawsuits in Alabama can be filed against any licensed health professional who behaves negligently in the scope of their duties. As such, medical malpractice may apply to counselors and mental care professionals as well, not just doctors.

Noel B. Leonard fights for the rights of his personal injury clients so that doctors and other licensed health professionals are held accountable for their negligence. To achieve this goal, Noel seeks out expert witnesses that can be the difference in your case since malpractice claims carry higher negligence standards than ordinary negligence claims. There is no limit to the amount of damages you can recover for medical negligence in the state of Alabama, and Noel B. Leonard fights to ensure you receive the damages you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a healthcare professional’s negligence in the city of Foley or Mobile, Baldwin or Escambia Counties, contact Noel B. Leonard or call 251-732-2701 for a legal consultation.


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