82% of orthopedic surgeons have been a malpractice defendant: Report


Eighty-two percent of orthopedic surgeons have been named as a sole or co-defendant in a malpractice lawsuit at some point in their careers, according to Medscape's 2023 "Physicians and Malpractice Report," published Oct. 26. 

Orthopedic surgeons are the second most likely specialty to face a malpractice lawsuit, following general surgeons and OB-GYNs. 

Physicians practicing in Louisiana are more likely to face malpractice lawsuits than physicians in other states, according to the report. 

The most common cause of malpractice lawsuits is a failure to diagnose a patient or a delay in diagnosing a patient. 

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