Table 5.

Ten Most Prevalent Associated Legal Issues in Family Medicine Closed Claims 1985–20086 (n = 18,031)

Associated Legal IssueClosed Claims (n)Paid Claims (n)Paid to Closed (%)Average Indemnity ($)
Informed consent1,72835420.5106,326
Vicarious liability87725228.7136,611
Punitive damages49211824.0174,606
Failure to conform with rules, regulations1527650.0206,719
Third party claimant871416.1194,116
Breach of Confidentiality1341611.942,378
Assault and battery1124237.592,197
Res ipsa loquitur652640.0211,510
False imprisonment21733.322,357