Obstetricians remain the specialty most likely to see malpractice suits.
The legal landscape surrounding medical malpractice is shifting in the United States, with 2023 marking some headline-grabbing cases and changes to malpractice laws in several states. From record-breaking jury awards to an emphasis on obstetricians being the most sued specialty, the year has been notable in the area of medical malpractice. The article provides a comprehensive look at key cases, trends, and legal adjustments, all of which contribute to an evolving and complex scenario for healthcare providers.
- Multiple jury awards over $25 million, including a Pennsylvania case resulting in $183 million – the largest single award in state history.
- Several states, including California, Pennsylvania, and Iowa, have changed their malpractice laws.
- High-profile criminal malpractice cases emerged, including sexual assaults by physicians.
- The issue of missed and misdiagnoses continues to dominate, with the potential for AI and technology to offer decision support.
- Serious crimes involving intentional misconduct have brought about complex trials.
- Technology such as AI could aid in reducing diagnostic errors, according to Dr. David L. Feldman.
- Other states are actively considering changes to their malpractice laws, including altering the statute of limitations and award caps.
- Specific legislation is being considered in states like Arkansas, affecting gender-affirming care.
- The data and trends of 2023 reflect a changing landscape for medical malpractice, with increased scrutiny, record-breaking awards, and legal reforms posing new challenges for physicians.