Though rates vary widely by specialty, about 7.4% of all U.S. doctors will be sued for malpractice in a given year, according to results of a study by Harvard researchers that is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, only 1.6% of these claims will result in a payment, the researchers found. The research team analyzed a liability insurer's 41,000-physician database of malpractice claims between 1991 and 2005.
MP BRIEF3 - Researchers: 7% of docs sued for malpractice in a year
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