Friday, July 8, 2011

Medical Malpractice in the ER

Probably every doctor's worse fear (other than harming a patient) is getting sued, but overall, only 1% of total claims studied found a verdict for the plaintiff (29% of cases were settled with some payment to the plaintiff). 

Did you know that in the Emergency Department, only 19% of claims were actually attributable to Emergency Medicine physicians. 

The most common ED lawsuits involved acute myocardial infarction and appendicitis (missed diagnoses).  

To read more about this issue, check out a breif article I wrote in What's Up in Emergency Medicine:
The Litigators Lions Pit: The Top 10 Medical Malpractice Issues Every Resident Should Know

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