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Report: 80% of obstetrics liability claims involve high-severity injuries

Jan 09, 2019 - FierceHealthcare

Obstetrics represents a sliver of liability claims, but a new reportsuggests that many of these cases involve patient injuries of greater severity.

Coverys, a Boston-based liability insurer,analyzed472 obstetrics claims from between 2013 and 2017 and found that 80% were high clinical severity cases. In 24%, either the mother, infant or both died.

Complications or injuries to mothers are less common than injuries to babies. Infant claims tended to fall in one of three categories: neur...