MedMal Data and Solutions
Learn about patient safety risk areas related to your practice and find advice on how to mitigate them.

All Other Specialty Cases

CRICO insures 16,600 physicians and surgeons in 50+ specialties. Included in the “Other Specialties” data shown in this chart are: Anesthesiology, Dentistry/Oral Surgery, Pathology, Pediatrics/Neonatology, Psychiatry, and retired teaching physicians.

Quality of care can be improved by delineating responsibilities and clarifying expectations between providers regarding communication, documentation, coverage arrangements, sharing of confidential information, and handling of emergencies. Historically, CRICO has considered these issues and, in conjunction with experts from Psychiatry and General Medicine, developed the Guidelines for Prescribing Psychiatrists in Consultative, Collaborative, or Supervisory Relationships.

Across all CRICO-insured specialties, allegations of surgery-related errors (31.4%) and diagnosis-related errors (31.0%) account for 62 percent of malpractice claims and suits.

Across all CRICO specialties, clinical judgment is a factor in a malpractice claim or suit twice as often as any other category.

Premature death and periods of diminished capacity are often considered a “loss of chance” in cases of missed or delayed diagnoses on the premise that, if the patient had known sooner, his or her medical outcome would have been less severe.

For all cases naming CRICO-insured physician defendants, 22.5 percent closed with a payment. CRICO thoroughly investigates all claims and suits, conferring with the parties involved, clinical peers, and legal counsel before determining whether to deny payment, attempt to reach a settlement, or proceed to trial on behalf of the defendants. We understand that even a case that “goes away” before going to court, or is resolved in favor of the defendant physician without a finding of negligence, is a traumatic experience. CRICO offers a variety of services, information, and videos to help you cope with the experience of being named in a malpractice case.

What Can I Do to Mitigate Risk?

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