The Scope of the Malpractice Problem
Who Gets Sued?
Do Men Get Sued More Than Women Do?
Male physicians did have a slight edge (47%) over women (41%) in cases resolved in favor of the defendant either from dismissal or by verdict. Sex appeared to play no role in the percentage of cases that reached a settlement before or during trial (38% of men and 37% of women).
According to the question on the experience of being sued, men and women seemed to differ on the intensity of its negative effect. Fifty-seven percent of women chose the most negative options: very bad (20%) or horrible—the worse experience of their lives (37%). Forty-five percent of men had these extreme responses (20% and 26%, respectively). About half of men (51%) said that it was merely unpleasant and irritating or upsetting, but they could function. Fewer women (41%) chose these less extreme options. Four percent of men and 2% of women were either neutral or thought it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be.
Work Setting and Risk for Lawsuit
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