Course Information

Release Date: 02/01/2024

Expiration Date: 02/01/2027

Approximate Duration: 0.5 hour

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This comprehensive analysis explores the intricate dynamics of medical professional liability within three critical medical specialties: Family Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Radiology. Each specialty presents unique liability challenges—Family Medicine with a higher ratio of claims involving indemnity payments, Orthopedic Surgery with procedural complications, and Radiology with a significant rate of diagnostic allegations. Drawing on a decade of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the MPL Association Data Sharing Project, the study examines trends in claim frequency, average indemnity, and high-value claims. It further offers specialty-specific insights for risk mitigation. The article provides evidence-based strategies for healthcare providers to enhance patient safety and reduce liability risks, emphasizing the need for tailored approaches to address the distinct aspects of each specialty. It concludes that a data-driven approach to risk management is essential for improving care quality and mitigating professional liability concerns.

Objectives: By reviewing medical professional liability claims and/or emerging topics in healthcare risk management, this enduring material series will support your ability to:

  • Assess your practice for risk exposures, and
  • Apply risk management best practices that increase patient safety and reduce medical professional liability claims.

Target Audience:

All physicians, advanced practice professionals, staff, and administrators.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of NORCAL Insurance Company and ProAssurance Indemnity Company, Inc. The NORCAL Insurance Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NORCAL Insurance Company designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Premium Credit

You may be eligible for a premium credit by completing this course. Contact your insurance representative to learn more.


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DISCLAIMER: Information in this presentation is neither an official statement of position nor should it be considered as professional legal advice to individuals or organizations.