Sixty-four percent of radiologists say they’ve been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit, placing the specialty in the top 10 overall, according to new survey data.
Radiology came in at No. 9, just ahead of cardiologists’ 58% mark. Plastic and general surgeons both tied for the top spot (83% of specialists), with orthopedists (81%) and urologists (80%) following closely behind.
Nearly 4,300 physicians were surveyed between May and August as part of the 2021 Medscape Malpractice Report. The results did not specify how many radiologists were included across the 29 specialties.
Out of all physicians, 51% claimed to have faced a lawsuit at least once during their careers, with specialists named more often than primary care physicians (56% vs. 42%, respectively). Those figures are lower compared to pre-COVID levels, the authors noted.
Back in 2019, 76% of rads said they had been sued individually, lumped in with others or both. Similarly, a larger proportion of both specialists (62%) and PCPs (52%) said they were cited in medical malpractice cases, according to Medscape’s previous report.
“COVID certainly has something to do with it. People haven’t been able to get out. This includes getting out to have medical procedures done and getting out to file lawsuits,” said Michael Moroney, JD, an attorney with Flynn Watts LLC in Parsippany, New Jersey.