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Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Suits Against Surgical Residents

Posted by Anna Mueller, MS on Nov 13, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Patients file medical malpractice lawsuits against physicians for several reasons: failure to diagnose a condition, injury during treatment, failure to treat a condition, poor documentation and medical errors.

A recent study published in JAMA Surgery found surgical and junior residents are particularly vulnerable to these lawsuit filings. During a 10-year period, 87 malpractice cases involving surgical trainees were identified by Westlaw, an online legal research database containing legal records from across the United States

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Topics: malpractice