malpractice insurance for physicians

Physicians need malpractice insurance

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why do physicians need malpractice insurance?

One in every three physicians will be sued for medical malpractice. This harsh reality for US physicians is highlighted by the latest analysis conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA). The study which was released in 2022, reveals that 31.2% of U.S. physicians, reported being sued at some point in their professional careers.

AMA President, Dr. Jack Resneck Jr., emphasizes that even the most highly skilled and capable physicians in the country may face a medical liability claim at some juncture in their careers. Importantly, he said that being sued doesn’t necessarily indicate medical errors. It does however, put the physician under a lot of unnecessary stress.

The AMA’s analysis gives us a compelling insight into the legal landscape that physicians must navigate. Two-thirds of claims are ultimately dropped, dismissed, or withdrawn without any determination of fault. However, a number of cases do go to trial and result in large compensation payouts to plaintiffs.

The study underscores how important it is for physicians being properly covered with  medical malpractice or professional liability insurance. It also underscores the importance of working with a specialist broker like Westwood Insurance who can compare policies offered by  a number of different insurance carriers and select the most suitable coverage for physicians, at the best price.

how much is medical malpractice insurance for physicians?

A physician examines a patient. Malpractice insurance is essential for physicians, due to the risk of being sued

The average cost of Medical Malpractice Insurance for physicians is $7,500 a year. However, costs do vary widely depending on a number of factors, including your location, the size of your practice and any previous claims that have been filed against you. More details on malpractice insurance cost.

Insurance carriers are constantly reevaluating their risks depending on external factors, such as legislation that allows venue shopping, the size of jury awards in different venues etc. Carriers may withdraw from markets altogether, or raise prices relative to the risk they face.

For this reason, Westwood Insurance Group regularly conduct interviews with the underwriters with different carriers, to keep up-to-date with changes in their policies, so we can source the most suitable policy for physicians depending on their circumstances. Get a quote now

 

 

what types of insurance do physicians need?

General Liability Insurance

General Liability Insurance

This is necessary for Physicians with their own facilities. It  covers medical expenses and attorney fees resulting from bodily injuries and property damage your facility or organization could be legally responsible for.

Business owner's policy (BOP insurance)

Business owner's policy (BOP insurance)

A Business Owner’s Policy (BOP) is a comprehensive insurance package designed for Medical Professionals with small to medium-sized businesses, providing a blend of liability protection and property insurance.

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance covers any negligence or mistakes made by the individual Medical Professional during their practice. It differs from General Liability insurance, which covers the practice itself. 

Commercial Auto Insurance

Commercial Auto Insurance

This is relevant for Physicians who use a vehicle for your practice-related tasks. This insurance covers you against auto accidents, theft, and other vehicle-related incidents.

Workers Compensation Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance

Workers Compensation Insurance is usually mandated by law, to protect Physicians practices and their employees in case of work-related injuries or illnesses.

Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber Liability Insurance

Covers you against financial losses associated with data breaches, cyber attacks, and other cyber incidents. Insurers will usually conduct rigorous testing of your online system to fix vulnerabilities as part of this policy.

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Michael Richards, President of Westwood Insurance Group

Michael specializes in insurance for physicians. You can call him or one of the team on the number below or fill out the form and he will get your message directly:

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General Liability Insurance

Protecting healthcare organizations against increasingly crippling litigation.

Professional Liability Insurance

Protecting medical professionals against increasingly crippling litigation.

Medical Malpractice Insurance

Protecting medical professionals against increasingly crippling litigation.

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Protecting healthcare organizations & professionals against cyber attacks.

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