IT COSTS A LOT TO GET SUED
(EVEN IF YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT)
A Small Business Guide to Errors and Omissions

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Chapter 1: Malpractice Lawsuits: The Basics

Before you can understand how to protect yourself from malpractice lawsuits, you must understand how they work. This chapter discusses events that trigger these claims, the people who file them, how a civil lawsuit works, and how to prevent disputes from happening.

Understanding Errors and Omissions Lawsuits

An Errors and Omissions lawsuit can happen to anyone. But what exactly happens when someone is unhappy with your work and decides to sue your business?

Many E&O claims can be resolved before they become a full-fledged lawsuit. Let's take medical malpractice lawsuits, for example. According to the medical news site Medscape New browser window icon., about two-thirds of all medical malpractice claims are withdrawn, dismissed, or dropped. Only about 8 percent of these lawsuits ever reach a courtroom.

About 2/3 of all medical malpractice claims are withdrawn, dismissed, or dropped before the case goes to trial.

As with any lawsuit, your best chance of weathering an errors and omissions claim is to know what to expect. Take a look at how these claims work, starting with the types of situations that can prompt them.

Only about 8% of medical malpractice lawsuits go to trial.
As with any lawsuit, your best chance of weathering an errors and omissions claim is to know what to expect.

Next: Part 1: What Causes E&O / Malpractice Claims?