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Study: few doctors pay medical malpractice claims

We recently discussed a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which indicates that the vast majority of doctors will be sued for medical malpractice at least once during their careers. This statistic was true for physicians who worked in high risk specialty areas and those who worked in low risk areas.

Another disturbing fact to be revealed in the study is that most of the doctors who face medical malpractice lawsuits do not end up paying. This highlights the importance of consulting with an experienced Boston medical malpractice attorney who can best prepare your case. A medical malpractice attorney who is also an experienced medical doctor can help determine whether another physician made a surgical error or negligently failed to identify a curable illness. Medical malpractice is a serious problem and should be handled by an expert with both legal and medical knowledge essential to bringing a successful malpractice claim.

"Specialties in which the largest proportion of physicians faced a claim were not necessarily those with the highest average payment size," the researchers added.

The recent study into medical malpractice claims found that although physicians in obstetrics and general surgery were substantially more likely to face a medical malpractice claim, those who were more likely to have to pay claims were in low risk specialties such as a pediatrics and pathology.

An experienced Boston medical malpractice attorney can also provide aggressive legal representation to help improve a patient's likelihood of holding a negligent medical care provider responsible for the damage that he or she caused.

Source: MSNBC, "Many doctors face malpractice claims, but few pay," Gene Emery, Aug. 17, 2011

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