California Medical Malpractice Settlement Statistics

Published On: June 6, 2020By

The Medical Board of California 2017-2018 Annual Report disclosed to the public and medical license attorneys that MBC received 527 malpractice settlement reports in fiscal year 2017-2018 per Business and Professions Code §801.1. This regulation requires doctors disclose all malpractice settlements over $30,000.

The practice specialty areas with the most malpractice settlements were: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General/Family Practice, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, and Surgery.

Medical malpractice settlements by practice specialty

The number of malpractice settlements in excess of $30,000 reported in FY 2017-2018 by practice specialty area were:

  • Allergy and Immunology: 1 settlement
  • Anesthesiology: 22 settlements
  • Cardiology: 17 settlements
  • Critical Care: 2 settlements
  • Dermatology: 4 settlements
  • Emergency Medicine: 38 settlements
  • Endocrinology: 1 settlement
  • Gastroenterology: 5 settlements
  • General/Family Practice: 47 settlements
  • Gynecology: 27 settlements
  • Hematology: 4 settlements
  • Infectious Disease: 2 settlements
  • Internal Medicine: 48 settlements
  • Neonatal/Perinatal: 7 settlements
  • Nephrology: 3 settlements
  • Neurological Surgery: 17 settlements
  • Neurology: 8 settlements
  • Obstetrics: 50 settlements
  • Opthalmology: 9 settlements
  • Orthopedic Surgery: 36 settlements
  • Otolaryngology: 9 settlements
  • Pain Medicine: 5 settlements
  • Pathology: 9 settlements
  • Pediatrics: 11 settlements
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 2 settlements
  • Plastic Surgery: 24 settlements
  • Psychiatry: 4 settlements
  • Pulmonology: 3 settlements
  • Radiology: 44 settlements
  • Rheumatology: 1 settlement
  • Sports Medicine: 1 settlement
  • Surgery: 38 settlements
  • Thoracic Surgery: 9 settlements
  • Urology: 14 settlements
  • Vascular Surgery: 5 settlements
  • TOTAL: 527 settlements in California

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