CRICO Insights: February 2018

Top 5 Insights from Our National Malpractice Database


Patient Type: half of cases involved an ambulatory care patient, but inpatient cases are more costly.


Case Type: surgery-related allegations are the most common, but cases alleging diagnostic failure represent the greatest financial loss.


Injury Severity: 38% of cases involve a high-severity injury to the patient (including death).


Diagnosis: cancers account for more than a quarter of these cases, and lung cancer tops the list.


Disposition: 31% of cases closed with indemnity payment (3% with payment over $1 million).

Source: National Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS), cases reported or closed 2011–2015. Details available here.
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