Four Out of Five of Us Have Been Sued

Risk of being sued is higher among specialists

  • Most common reasons for malpractice suits: failure or delay in diagnosis, complications from surgery, or failure/delay in treatment.
  • Of malpractice cases that go to trial, 90% are won by the physician defendants.
  • More than 25 states have some form of damages cap for personal injury.
  • Most doctors say that good patient communication is the key to avoiding lawsuits.


Medscape. Is Your Risk of Being Sued Climbing? Accessed May 20, 2024.