Obstetrics and medical malpractice: Medical Malpractice


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Obstetrics and medical malpractice: Childbirth is an inherently risky medical procedure to both the mother and the child. Obstetrics is one specialty that is associated with claims of medical malpractice. Some of the medical issues that may be involved include maternal death, fetal death (stillbirth), cerebral palsy, and other birth injuries. Medical indemnity premiums for obstetricians are usually higher than other specialties.

Related Medical Malpractice Statistics

  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for obstetrics malpractice in the USA:
    • 1,129 medical malpractice payments were made due to obstetrics related malpractice in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $497,121 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $265,000 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 15,516 medical malpractice payments were made due to obstetrics related malpractice in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $369,543 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $200,000 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for Obstetrics malpractice in the USA:
    • There was a 5.56 year mean time delay between obstetrics related malpractice incident and payment in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • There was a 4.63 year median time delay between obstetrics related malpractice incident and payment in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for obstetrics malpractice and nursing malpractice in the USA:
    • 264 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against registered nurses in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 8 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse anaesthetists in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 281 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse midwives in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 15 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse practitioners in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against advanced nurse practitioners in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for obstetrics malpractice in the USA:
    • There were 8,428 obstetrics related primary malpractice acts or omissions in the US 1990-96 (The National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File)
    • 7% of primary malpractice acts or omissions were obstetrics related in the US 1990-96 (The National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File)
    • $2,824,280,036 in payments were made for obstetrics related primary malpractice acts or omissions in the US 1990-96 (The National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File)
  • Medical malpractice statistics for the USA 2003:
    • 1,255 (8.2%) medical malpractice payments were made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physicians in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $475,880 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physicians in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $290,000 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physicians in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 16,764 (8.5%) medical malpractice payments were made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physicians in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $377,305 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physicians in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $200,000 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physicians in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice statistics for the USA 2003:
    • There was a 5.66 year mean delay between obstetrics related malpractice incident and payment in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • There was a 4.74 year median delay between obstetrics related malpractice incident and payment in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice statistics for the USA 2003:
    • 26 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against registered nurses in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse anaesthetists in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 37 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse midwives in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 2 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse practitioners in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0 obstetrics related malpractice payment reports were made against advanced nurse practitioners in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice statistics for the USA 2003:
    • 74 (16.9%) medical malpractice payments related to obstetrics were made by nurses in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $644,358 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by nurses in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $281,750 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by nurses in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 642 (13.9%) medical malpractice payments related to obstetrics were made by nurses in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $511,590 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by nurses in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $214,665 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by nurses in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice statistics for the USA 2003:
    • 2 (1.7%) medical malpractice payments related to obstetrics were made by physician assistants in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $82,500 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physician assistants in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $82,500 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physician assistants in the US 2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 4 (0.5%) medical malpractice payments related to obstetrics were made by physician assistants in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $260,000 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physician assistants in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $125,000 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to obstetrics related malpractice by physician assistants in the US 1990-2003 (2003 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)

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