Only 1 In 5 Medical Malpractice Cases Pay

Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

By MIKE STOBBE

ATLANTA (AP) -- Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades.

But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. Each year about 1 in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians and virtually every surgeon will face at least one in their careers, the study found.