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Written by attorney Lawrence J. Buckfire | Sep 7, 2011

Most Common Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), surgeons and obstetricians-gynecologists are sued the most often on medical malpractice lawsuits. It was found that pediatricians and psychiatrists were sued the least in malpractice suits.

Most Common Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

As a resource, below is a list of suits by specialty and the number sued by percentage. First percentage being the number of times ever been sued, second percentage being the number of times sued twice or more.

  • General and family practice - 38.9% ; 22.2%
  • General internal medicine - 34.0% ; 12.5%
  • Internal medicine subspecialties - 40.2% ; 21.3%
  • General surgery - 69.2% ; 52.0%
  • Surgical subspecialties - 57.0% ; 36.5%
  • Pediatrics - 27.3% ; 5.4%
  • Obstetrics-gynecology - 69.2% ; 52.1%
  • Radiology - 47.4% ; 29.0%
  • Psychiatry - 22.2% ; 8.1%
  • Anesthesiology - 42.4% ; 14.8%
  • Pathology - 34.9% ; 9.5%
  • Emergency medicine - 49.8% ; 30.9%
  • Other specialties - 35.0% ; 15.8%

Additional resources provided by the author

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