There are 3 primary categories that most medical malpractice lawsuits fall under. Statistically, most doctors will be sued at some point in their professional career. A survey was taken and results indicated that 80% of respondents in the age 60 and above age bracket had been party in a medical malpractice suit at least once.
Failure To Diagnose
Rated as the top category of medical malpractice lawsuits is the failure to properly diagnose — either altogether or within an acceptable time frame. Thirty one percent of respondents cited this as the cause of a medical malpractice suit.
Patient Suffered Abnormal Injury
The next rated most common claim in lawsuits against medical professionals occurs when patients claim that their treatment, or lack thereof, resulted in additional or abnormal injury. Tied with the previous cause at 31%, the procurement of greater discomfort has led patients to take legal action.
Failure To Treat
Twelve percent of malpractice suits result from a patient’s complaint of an inadequate treatment plan. Of the medical practitioners polled, an accusation of ineffective treatment of a condition was cited.
4,000 doctors were polled, 26% of causes of malpractice suits were credited to other categories such as death, surgical mistakes, cancer misdiagnosis, and birth defects.