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Comment & Response
July 2014

We Have Strict Statutes and Most Biting Laws—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1College of Law and College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Champaign
  • 2School of Law, University of Texas, Austin
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(7):1203. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.765

In Reply Dr Harris’ calculated lifetime risk is similar to the results of a study done by Jena et al.1 Using data from a single large malpractice insurer, Jena et al1 calculated a 76.7% lifetime risk of a medical malpractice claim for physicians practicing family medicine and a 88.5% lifetime risk for physicians practicing internal medicine and subspecialties. The lifetime risk of a medical malpractice claim for physicians practicing obstetrics and gynecology (97.2%) and general surgery and surgical subspecialties (98.4%) approached certainty. We are currently conducting a study of this issue using closed claims data from Illinois.

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