Boiling Down Issues behind Malpractice Lawsuits

By Steve Barrett
Monday, January 1, 2018

In the realm of medical malpractice, factors that motivate claims against physicians are many-faceted.

However, in a review by The Doctors Company, a Napa, California-based, physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, three key issues prompted most patients’ allegations of malpractice against internal medicine physicians specifically.

  • Just under 40 percent of the nearly 1,200 claims studied were related to diagnosis, including issues such as incorrect or delayed diagnosis.
  • An additional 32 percent involved medical treatment.
  • Almost 20 percent had to do with medication errors.

The study also found that internists face greater risk of being sued over very severe injuries than physicians in other specialties.

The researchers studied claims that closed from 2007 to 2014, without regard to the outcomes of those claims, according to The Doctors Company.