Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Internists Sued for Malpractice MoreJanuary 11, 2017
According to a study by medical malpractice insurer, The Doctor’s Company, internists are much more likely to be sued for high-severity injuries than other physicians. A study of 1,180 malpractice claims involving internists showed that 58 percent of medical malpractice claims were against internists versus 34 percent against other physicians.
The study revealed that there are three allegations for which internists are sued 90 percent of the time, including:
- Diagnosis-related allegations: Incorrect diagnoses, delayed diagnoses, or a failure to diagnose account for 39 percent of all claims. Howard Marcus, internal medicine physician at Austin Regional Clinic in Texas, commented that there are a variety of reasons that a physician may fail to properly diagnose a patient, which have nothing to do with a lack of knowledge or clinical skill. Considering the fact that the average primary care physician may diagnose approximately 400 cases each year, if a patient presents with a rare condition that the physician has never encountered, the failure to diagnose is often the result of an error in reasoning.
- Medical treatment allegations: These accounted for 32 percent of claims against internists. They include cases when a patient feels that he or she received sub-standard treatment, whether it was poor communication from the provider or a failure to order the appropriate diagnostic tests.
- Medication error allegations: Medication errors accounted for 19 percent of claims and included a failure to discuss side effects associated with a medication or addressing interactions with medications a patient may already be taking.
According to the researchers of the study, the most common patient injuries found among the medical malpractice claims were as follows:
- Death – 44 percent
- Infections – 16 percent
- Malignant conditions – 13 percent
- Adverse drug reactions – 12 percent
- Other – five percent
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