Most common reasons for malpractice suits against U.S. physicians as of 2015

Leading reasons U.S. physicians are sued 2015 This graph presents the most common reasons for malpractice suits against U.S. physicians as of 2015. It was found that failure to diagnose and patients suffering an abnormal injury were the most common reasons for physicians being sued, each accounting for 31 percent of the total.
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Share of reasons for being sued
Failure to diagnose31%
Patient suffered an abnormal injury31%
Failure to treat12%
Poor documentation of patient instruction and education4%
Errors in medication administration4%
Failure to follow safety procedures3%
Improperly obtaining/lack of informed consent3%
Share of reasons for being sued
Failure to diagnose31%
Patient suffered an abnormal injury31%
Failure to treat12%
Poor documentation of patient instruction and education4%
Errors in medication administration4%
Failure to follow safety procedures3%
Improperly obtaining/lack of informed consent3%
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This graph presents the most common reasons for malpractice suits against U.S. physicians as of 2015. It was found that failure to diagnose and patients suffering an abnormal injury were the most common reasons for physicians being sued, each accounting for 31 percent of the total.
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Release date
January 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
September 21 to November 3, 2015
Number of respondents
3,985 respondents
Special properties
primary care physicians and selected specialists
Method of interview
Online survey

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