Medscape surveyed 3,037 physicians in its 2023 "Physicians and Malpractice Report," published Oct. 26.
Here's what five anonymous physicians said about why their malpractice suits are unwarranted:
"I missed a subtle finding on the X-ray. The cardiologists missed the clinical diagnosis and failed to order adequate tests. They settled, so I was forced to settle not to remain the only defendant."
"In a 'bad baby' case, I resuscitated the baby, saved his life and was not at fault for his CP. The case was dismissed."
"Neonatal brain injury cases are high-dollar, so it was reasonable for me to be named. I was later dropped from the case after discovery."
"I did not order additional stains that were probably indicated. The surgeon was pressuring for rapid diagnosis, and I mistakenly thought the diagnosis was straightforward."
"I had hoped the specialist would have found the diagnosis, but I was also named as missing the diagnosis."