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1 percent of doctors represent 32 percent of malpractice cases

If medical malpractice is a concern you have, an interesting piece of news may be something you want to learn from. According to a Jan. 27 report, it's only one percent of doctors who make up around a third of all medical malpractice cases.

These high-risk physicians account for a shocking 32 percent of medical malpractice claims from between the years 2005 and 2014. A study performed has indicated that by reviewing these physicians, it may be easier to identify those who are more likely to be dangerous to patients.

So what identifies a potentially dangerous physician? Track records of dangerous acts or mistakes are just one of the ways to identify the doctors most likely to cause an accident or to be negligent. The study shows that once a physician has lost two cases, losing a third is likely. Male doctors were filed against more than once around 40 percent more often than female peers. Those under 35 were less likely to face a second lawsuit.

What this means is that narrowing down the data can lead to a common profile for a physician who could lose a malpractice case. It would be most likely to be a male over 35 who works in surgery or internal medicine. Most commonly, these physicians wouldn't be facing the first malpractice claim of their careers.

What can this data do in real life? It can help identify those who may need higher insurance coverage or show areas where patient safety needs to be addressed. Retraining, peer counseling, and even extra supervision could help avoid injuries if this profile is accurate.

Source: Vocativ, "1% Of Doctors Are Guilty Of Nearly A Third Of Medical Malpractice," Joshua A. Krisch, Jan. 27, 2016

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