A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that doctors who are sued once for malpractice are more likely to be sued again. The study found that one percent of doctors paid 32 percent of all malpractice claims. The researchers also found that the more doctors are sued, the more likely they are to be sued again. It is a vicious cycle that leaves a trail of injured patients in its wake.
The researchers analyzed data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, they went back through 10 years of paid medical malpractice claims. They found 62,426 claims were paid against 54,099 doctors. The good news is that 94 percent of all doctors have no claims. The bad news is that a handful of doctors are responsible for the majority of claims.