The most common procedures associated with these claims were endoscopic sinus surgery, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, and thyroidectomy. Along with these procedures, the most commonly reported complications were “penetration of adjacent orbital and/or intracranial structures, hemorrhage, and laryngeal nerve injury.”
Of the cases ruled in favor of the plaintiff, the average indemnity of cases ruled in favor of the plaintiff was $4.24 M.
To help reduce malpractice risk, otolaryngologists are encouraged to keep detailed records and use what little doctor-patient face time they may have to establish a positive relationship that encourages open communication and prioritizes informed consent.
The right liability policy will also help protect you from harm in the event of a lawsuit. Malpractice insurance covers:
Though many (not all) states have no legal requirement for otolaryngologists to maintain malpractice insurance, a survey by the American Medical Association found that almost 93% of otolaryngologists carried a liability policy from an insurance carrier.