Doctor malpractice statistics: Medical Malpractice


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Related Medical Malpractice Statistics

  • General medical malpractice statistics in the USA:
    • Nearly 50% of malpractice trials were against surgeons in 75 of the largest counties in the US 2001 (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
    • Nearly 33% of malpractice trials were against nonsurgeons in 75 of the largest counties in the US 2001 (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
    • Plaintiffs won 27% of medical malpractice cases in 75 of the largest counties in the US 2001 (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
    • 18,999 medical malpractice payment reports were made in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for physician malpractice in the USA:
    • Estimated 25% of practicing physicians sued annually (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
    • Estimated 50-65% physicians sued at least once during their career (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001)
    • 80.4% of medical malpractice payment reports were against physicians in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for physicians in the USA:
    • 191,804 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding physicians in the US 1990-2004 (NPDB Summary Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for intern malpractice or resident physician malpractice in the USA:
    • 1,530 medical malpractice reports were made to the National Practitioner Databank regarding resident or intern physician in the US 1990-2004 (NPDB Summary Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)

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