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The more often a doctor is sued, the more likely he or she will be sued again.

January 28, 2016

In a study release this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed 10 years of paid malpractice claims using the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal government database that includes 66,426 claims against 54,099 doctors. It found that a small percentage of doctors are responsible for most of the malpractice claims filed.

“Ninety-four percent of all doctors have no claims,” said the lead author, David M. Studdert, a professor of law and medicine at Stanford. “But doctors who accumulate multiple claims are a problem, and a threat to the health care system. Identifying these high-risk doctors is a key first step toward doing something about the problem.”

In our 30 years handling military medical malpractice cases, we unfortunately have seen some of these repeat offenders. If you or a family member has been injured by a military doctor, please contact our experienced malpractice lawyer for a free, confidential consultation by calling 1-877-695-8757 (24/7) or by e-mail at LawHelp@MiitaryMedicalMalpractice.com.

 

Source: Studdert, David M.,Bismark, Marie M.,A Mello, Michelle M.,Singh, Harnam, Spittal, Matthew J., Prevalence and Characteristics of Physicians Prone to Malpractice Claims, 2016 J New England Journal of Medicine 354-362; V 374 N 4, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1506137

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