According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, myocardial infarction, breast cancer, appendicitis, lung cancer and colon cancer diagnoses are associated with the highest risk of malpractice suits.
Family medicine is based on the treatment of the patient as a whole. Maintaining a warm and compassionate relationship with patients is not only a necessary part of their care, it can also reduce the likelihood of a medical malpractice claim. For doctors facing a claim, robust chart documentation, including advice you gave the patient, the thought process behind your diagnosis and your follow-up plan will go a long way to protect your reputation as a careful and caring practitioner.
The right medical malpractice insurance will also protect you in the event of a lawsuit. Malpractice Insurance covers:
Though many (not all) states have no legal requirement for family physicians to carry malpractice insurance, most hospitals require it if you want admitting privileges. In 2019, 91% of family medicine doctors reported maintaining malpractice insurance coverage.