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Neurosurgeons are more likely to face malpractice claims

Brain surgery is less dangerous than ever before due to scientific advancements, but there are still significant risks involved due to the delicate and complex nature of the brain and spinal cord. There is often an increased risk associated with brain surgery when a negligent neurosurgeon fails to perform in accordance with the applicable standard of care. In fact, according to World Neurosurgery, neurosurgeons are the most likely specialists to face medical malpractice claims.

According to a legal research service tool, neurosurgeons were listed as defendants in over 20 percent of 343 neurosurgery malpractice cases from 1985 to 2015. Out of these 343 cases, the data shows that the verdict was in favor of the plaintiff just over 27 percent of the time, and that the winning plaintiff was awarded a median payout of $2.55 million. The data also shows that the verdict was rendered in favor of the defendant just over 48 percent of the time. Approximately 23.6 percent of these cases ended in a settlement, with a median payout of $1.3 million. The median payout awards were significantly higher in pediatric and cerebrovascular cases.

Neurosurgery malpractice claims are based on many improper doctor behaviors and surgical errors. The most common reasons cited in complaints include procedural error, failure to diagnose, and failure to treat. A negligent neurosurgeon may improperly diagnose a patient by failing to perform all appropriate tests, sending a patient home too early, or failing to properly interpret test results. Neurosurgeons may also make key errors when a patient is on the operating table, particularly if an inexperienced neurosurgeon is performing a complex procedure without proper supervision.

Neurosurgery is one of the most highly respected areas of medicine and can be one of the most difficult areas to practice in. However, all surgeons and doctors are expected to treat their patients with the utmost care and respect. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent doctor, then a medical malpractice attorney may be of benefit to you in filing a legal claim.

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