The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2015

Studies Reveal Malpractice Claim Trends in Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics

Emergency medicine and obstetrics have underlying vulnerabilities that can put patients at risk of injury and can increase liability for doctors. The Doctors Company’s studies of closed claims in these two specialties revealed the most common patient allegations and the top causes of patient injury. Read the full studies at:

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