Surgeons face a range of potential risks that can lead to medical malpractice claims, which can be costly and damaging to their reputation. Common claims that surgeons face in the insurance industry include:
Surgical errors are a frequent cause of medical malpractice claims for surgeons. Examples include operating on the wrong body part, leaving instruments in the patient’s body, and damaging nerves, organs, or tissues during surgery.
Surgeons may also be subject to claims related to post-operative complications, such as infections, bleeding, and blood clots.
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
Surgeons may face claims related to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, which can result in delayed or inappropriate treatment and potentially worsen the patient’s condition.
Surgeons may also be subject to claims related to informed consent, such as failure to obtain proper informed consent before a procedure or failure to adequately inform the patient of the risks and benefits of a procedure.
Anaesthesia mistakes can also lead to medical malpractice claims for surgeons. Examples include incorrect administration of anaesthesia, failure to monitor the patient during surgery, and allergic reactions to anaesthesia.
Surgeons should ensure they have adequate medical malpractice insurance coverage to protect against these and other potential claims. A qualified insurance broker with experience in medical malpractice insurance can help surgeons assess their risks and find the right coverage to meet their specific needs.