Which spinal cord injury medicolegal lawsuits are surgeons more likely to win? 5 key notes

By Laura Dyrda

A new study focused on spinal cord injury examines whether the reason for lawsuits impacts the final outcome. The study was published in Spine.

The study authors queried “VerdictSearch” for spinal cord injury cases between 2000 and 2010. They categorized cases into “error in diagnosis” — 48 cases — and “error in treatment” — 25 cases. The researchers found:

1. Surgeons sued for an error of treatment had a relative risk of 2.69 to receive a defense verdict when compared with surgeons sued for error in diagnosis.


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