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Contrary to Popular Belief, Few Doctors Actually Pay Medical Malpractice Claims

Contrary to Popular Belief, Few Doctors Actually Pay Medical Malpractice Claims

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According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine doctors do face a substantial risk of malpractice claims however, the actual payments for such claims are much lower than assumed. In high-risk specialties that translates into at least one claim during a career; in low-risk specialties, there is a 75 percent chance of a malpractice claim. The study looked at data from 40,916 U.S. doctors enrolled in a professional liability insurance company for the years 1991 to 2005. Psychiatrists and pediatricians were the least likely to be sued, while surgeons of the brain, chest and heart had the highest rate. However, amounts paid against pediatricians were higher than most other doctors. "Average payments ranged from $117, 832 for dermatologists to $520,923 for pediatricians." For all specialties together, the average was $274,887.

The responsible medical malpractice attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC are here to help you if you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys continue to set the standard for representation of difficult medical malpractice cases. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.

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