Out of all physicians, OB/GYNs probably face the greatest risk of medical malpractice. OB/GYNs are held to a very high standard of care because they are dealing with a woman’s reproductive system, a fetus, or an infant. Any error that leads to permanent physical consequences for both mother and child can be truly devastating. There is a heavy, emotional impact that can affect a woman for the rest of her life.
Not only are OB/GYNs sued frequently, but they pay the highest claims and fork over much larger insurance premiums than most other medical specialties. According to the Medical Liability Monitor, OB/GYNs working in New York City in 2003 paid 1.6 times more for malpractice insurance premiums than a general surgeon. MORE