Do Trauma Surgeons Really Get Sued More Often? Part One
The graph above shows the incidence of lawsuits for a variety of medical specialties. General surgeons are in the middle of the pack. Although all trauma surgeons are general surgeons, not all general surgeons are trauma surgeons. This means that it is possible that the true lawsuit risk of this small minority of general surgeons is masked.
Tomorrow I will look more specifically at the malpractice risk of trauma surgeons alone.
Related post: Do trauma surgeons really get sued more often? Part two.
Reference: Medical Board of California Annual Report, 2008-2009.