Radiologists are Sixth Highest in Malpractice Suits

by User Not Found | Mar 01, 2013
A recent report in Radiology, the journal of the Radiological Society of North America, found that diagnosis errors were the most common reason for malpractice suits filed against radiologists.

A recent report in Radiology, the journal of the Radiological Society of North America, found that diagnosis errors were the most common reason for malpractice suits filed against radiologists. Breast cancer was the leading condition reported for these claims followed by non-spinal fractures, spinal fractures and lung cancer.

While radiologists only account for 3.6% of U.S. physicians, they are the sixth most sued specialty, following OB/GYN, internists, family physicians, general surgeons and orthopedists. Those practicing in Alabama were the least likely to be sued while those in New York were most likely.

Previously it was thought that radiologists were more likely to be sued for failure to order additional tests or communication failures.

Malpractice awards varied geographically ranging from $715,707 in Oregon to $74,373 in Nebraska.

Joe Calandra CMO, Midwest Imaging Professionals
Joe Calandra - CMO, Midwest Imaging Professionals
View More Testimonials
Rob
Complimentary Practice
Analysis
Contact Us
newsletter