Survey reveals extent, impact of medical liability problem

By Charles D. Hummer III, MD

Orthopaedists paid premiums averaging $42,200 in 2006

In 2007, the AAOS Medical Liability Committee, along with the AAOS department of research and scientific affairs, surveyed a sample of the AAOS fellowship regarding a broad range of issues related to medical liability. We hoped to compare the results of this survey with those of previous surveys on this topic (conducted in 2002 and 2004), as well as to compare the medical liability situation for orthopaedic surgeons in various states.

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