Trends in OB/GYN Malpractice Litigation
In this review of medicolegal claims data from 2005-2014, obstetric and gynecologic surgery had the second highest average indemnity payment compared to other specialties, topped only by neurosurgery. Of the 10,915 claims identified, the majority (60%) were dropped, withdrawn, or dismissed; 31.1% of claims were paid by the defendant (90% before trial); and 7.5% were successfully defended by the physician.
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