The Doctors Company analyzed 1,180 claims against internal medicine physicians that closed from 2007–2014. Regardless of the outcome, all cases that closed from 2007–2014 were included in this analysis—an approach that helps us better understand what motivates patients to pursue claims and gain a broader overview of the system failures and processes that result in patient harm. This study provides an overview of the most common types of claims, expert insights into the specific elements that led to patient injury, and risk mitigation strategies.
Watch the video to see the key highlights of the study’s findings, and download the infographic for information on the most common patient safety risks.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.