Malpractice Insurance for Bariatric Surgeons
Bariatric surgery is a high-risk specialty, increasing a surgeon’s potential for lengthy and severe medical malpractice claims that can result in expensive payouts.
Over 200,000 bariatric surgeries are performed yearly across the country, with an estimated 11 million more candidates eligible for surgery. Coupled with an increasing rate of obesity and the specialized nature of weight-loss surgery, it is very likely that a bariatric surgeon will be sued at least once in their career.
If you are a bariatric surgeon in need of medical liability insurance, contact MEDPLI. We’ll help you find a comprehensive policy from an A-rated carrier that provides the strongest protection for your specialty, saving you up to 28% on your premium.
Why Bariatric Surgeons need Medical Malpractice Insurance
Patients seeking bariatric surgery can be particularly challenging to treat due to their physical health and comorbidities, often making these candidates high risk.
Studies indicate that the probability of a medical malpractice lawsuit correlates positively to the number of bariatric surgeries performed and the number of years in practice. Bariatric Surgeons tend to be sued for:
Bariatric Surgeons tend to be sued for:
- Inexperience of the bariatric surgeon performing bariatric procedures
- Inadequate monitoring of patients post-operatively
- Surgery performed on a patient who is not a qualified candidate and does not meet the criteria for bariatric surgery
- Failure to timely and properly treat gastric fluid leaks, pulmonary embolisms, and gastric bleedst
While most states have caps on damages, bariatric surgery claims are associated with high payouts in states without damage cap limits. The right medical malpractice insurance will protect you from multiple factors in the event of a lawsuit. These are:
- Monetary damages awarded to the plaintiff
- Attorney’s fees
Though many (not all) states have no legal requirement for bariatricians to carry liability insurance, most hospitals and surgery centers require it.
Bariatrician Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates
As trends continue to shift in the different types of bariatric surgeries performed, bariatric surgeons should also expect shifting risk and an impact on premiums.
All bariatric surgeons, especially general surgeons who are planning to specialize in bariatrics, should review their policy with a qualified insurance broker to ensure that thorough medical malpractice coverage for bariatric surgery is in place.
Medical malpractice insurance rates for bariatric surgeons vary greatly by location and mature claims-made estimates below are for informational purposes only. Occurrence coverage may be available. To get your personalized rate estimate, please request a quote.
*These states offer limit options