What Is the Most Common Cause of Professional Liability Claims against Primary Care Physicians?

March 20, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Diagnostic errors were the leading cause of closed professional liability claims against primary care physicians from 2013 through 2017, according to a March 2019 report from Coverys, a liability insurer. Diagnosis-related claims accounted for 46% of the claims Coverys studied and 68% of paid indemnity. Nearly half (45%) of common injuries in diagnosis-related cases involved patient death.

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