Pediatricians are not free from malpractice risks. In fact, 1 in 10 pediatricians is sued for malpractice for care provided during residency and 1 in 5 is sued once over the course of their career. Although pediatricians are not accused of malpractice as frequently as other specialists, when they are sued the stakes are high. Despite this, a large proportion of pediatric residents know little about the basics of malpractice, the malpractice environment for US pediatricians, unique malpractice risks for pediatricians, and how to avoid malpractice claims and limit financial liability. Not knowing these essentials can lead to malpractice claims and gaps in medical liability insurance coverage.
These resources from the AAP Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management will help you protect your career—now and in the future.
Learning from Malpractice Cases
Closed malpractice cases provide a wealth of information on why pediatricians have been sued and how to prevent future claims. This Pediatricians and the Law article published in AAP News explains the lessons learned from studying malpractice claims and provides practical tips on how to avoid medical liability.
Learn more by delving deeper into the $46 million kernicterus case described in the article above.
Pediatricians and the Law
National experts in pediatric medical liability provide risk management strategies each month in AAP News in the Pediatricians and the Law Column.Click
here to access past risk managment articles and the implementation tips for pediatricians.