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New report sheds light on neurologist medical malpractice cases

There are many kinds of medical specialists in the United States. For a variety of reasons, certain types of surgeons and doctors find themselves more likely to face medical malpractice lawsuits. A new report shows that nearly two-thirds of neurologists and neurosurgeons have faced legal action. This is interesting news for Arizona patients or family members who may be considering filing a civil action for issues related to brain health.

In the report, 62 percent of neurologists/neurosurgeons shared that they had faced at least one malpractice suit. Nearly half of those said the legal action was related to failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis, at 45 percent. This is a common reason for malpractice action in the United States, overall, with 33 percent of all physicians saying this was the cause of suits in which they were named.

Another leading reason for legal action against neurologists was poor outcome and disease progression at 29 percent. This was followed by complications from treatment at 20 percent and failure to treat at 19 percent. Interestingly, 60 percent of neurologists reported that they did not expect a lawsuit, and only one-third could identify the incident that set off the lawsuit.

Medical malpractice suits are often settled out of court. More than half of the 40 percent of neurologists who settled their cases were prompted to do so by their insurance companies. In 46 percent of such settlements, awards were over $500,000. One of the key factors in one's success during a medical malpractice case is finding the right Arizona medical malpractice lawyer.

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