The chances of complications arising from inadequate care can occur in any medical practice or specialty. However, complications are less likely to occur in some fields rather than in others.
Based on malpractice data from 1991-2005, the New England Journal of Medicine compiled insurance statistics to find the rates of malpractice for different areas of medicine and the likelihood of patients receiving monetary damages for the harm suffered. Based on the study, the top three specialties most likely to result in malpractice are neurosurgery, thoracic-cardiovascular surgery, and general surgery. Of those malpractice claims, those based in neurosurgery, neurology, and internal medicine are most likely to provide monetary relief to wronged patients. More than half of those with malpractice claims receive compensation, the median being around $206,400 in total damages. The "safest" specialties include family practice, pediatrics, and psychiatry.
How Can I Educate Myself About Medical Malpractice Risks?
July marks an exciting time in the careers of young doctors, with residencies beginning at hospitals around the country. While many students and doctors look forward to this occasion, it can create additional risks through a phenomenon called the July Effect. The risk of medical malpractice increases predictably in July as new medical students start residencies and begin working directly with patients.
The factors that influence malpractice claims and awards for those who make claims vary primarily on independent features of the care and the patient's health. With this in mind, it is crucial that people ask questions to their care providers to ensure that their health decisions are made with the risks, benefits, and possible outcomes in mind, especially in those specialties where risks are more common.
Healthcare professionals should be comfortable answering any questions you may have, and you are entitled to ask those questions as a patient. Asking about risks, infections, and the likelihood of those occurring, inquiring about the experience of your care provider, getting insight about alternative approaches, and seeking second and third opinions can be great ways to gain the information required to make an informed decision. Further, asking questions about your specific care, diagnosis, or treatment plan can facilitate the conversation with your provider to understand your care better and what that means for you.
Grewal Law Can Help with a Medical Malpractice Claim
If you or your loved one suffered injuries or had a condition worsen due to medical negligence, our experienced medical malpractice lawyers of Grewal Law PLLC are here to give you the guidance you deserve when going through a difficult time. When you have questions about your legal options, we have the answers you need. Know that you are not alone, and we will fight to protect your rights.
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