A New England Journal of Medicine study claims that at some point during their career, most doctors will face a malpractice lawsuit.
According to the study, which looked at malpractice data from 1991 to 2005, 7.4 percent of doctors had faced a claim in any given year. Doctors practicing in high-risk fields have a greater chance of being sued by the time they are 65 than those practicing in low-risk fields, at a likelihood of 99 percent and 75 percent respectively.
Although a majority of the claims did not end in a monetary settlement, the fear of being sued has led many doctors to practice defensive medicine in order to protect themselves from the indirect costs associated with litigation. Defensive medicine involves the ordering of extra procedures and tests for a patient.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice and you are in need of legal assistance, contact the Madison medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.