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Docs spend years defending malpractice claims

from FiercePracticeManagement

The latest research about medical malpractice cases against physicians reveals both good news and bad--but even the good isn't particularly rosy. According to a research letter published this month in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the vast majority (95.5 percent) of plaintiffs' claims never even reach a jury, with the court dismissing cases 54.1 percent of the time across specialties. Of those that do proceed to court, physicians prevail 79.6 percent of the time, Anupam Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues reported. more

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