Medical malpractice

Top Ten Specialties With Medical Malpractice Claims

June 20, 2017 by James McHugh, Jr.
Medical Malpractice Claims

Doctors have a huge responsibility to patients to provide a certain level of care. While most doctors live up to this responsibility, others negligently endanger their patients. However, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, some physician specialties are more likely to produce errors and medical malpractice claims than others.

Researchers analyzed the number of medical malpractice claims and their outcomes and found these ten specialties had the most claims paid out to injured patients:

  1. Thoracic-Cardiovascular Surgery – Doctors operating in this specialty perform surgery on organs within the chest cavity. This includes many vital organs like the heart and lungs, so there is no room for error in this type of specialty.
  2. Orthopedic Surgery – Orthopedic surgeons operate on the musculoskeletal system, which can include joint replacement surgeries, the treatment of spine diseases, or the treatment of sports injuries, among others.
  3. Neurosurgery – Neurosurgeons operate on the brain, and as the most complex organ in the body, any mistake made during neurosurgery could cause permanent damage or even death.
  4. Gynecology – Gynecologists treat conditions of the female reproductive system and breasts. Gynecologists rely on a variety of treatments other than surgery to help treat patients.
  5. Obstetrics – This specialty focuses on childbirth and care of pregnant women. While many gynecologists are also obstetricians, this specialty requires experience and skill because children are most vulnerable around the time of birth.
  6. Plastic Surgery – While many types of plastic surgery are performed every day, cosmetic surgery is still surgery and comes with many risks.
  7. Urology – Urologists treat diseases in the urinary tract system of both men and women. Additionally, urologists also treat conditions of the male reproductive system.
  8. Oncology – Doctors who practice oncology treat patients with cancer. Because of the difficulties of treating cancer, oncologists need to uphold the highest standards of care to prevent patients from suffering unnecessary additional injuries.
  9. Anesthesiology – Doctors who specialize in anesthesiology focus on pre-operative care and the administration of anesthesia that renders patients unconscious during surgery.
  10. Diagnostic Radiology – A diagnostic radiologist uses x-rays and other scans to help diagnose patients. Because this field relies on the interpretation of test results and scans, inexperienced physicians can easily make careless mistakes.

Know Your Rights As A Patient

Regardless of medical specialty, all doctors can be held responsible for making careless mistakes. If you or someone you love suffered from medical malpractice by a Philadelphia doctor, Lopez McHugh LLP can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

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