Paper of the Day: Malpractice litigation in elective lumbar spinal fusion: a comprehensive review of reported legal claims in the U.S. in the past 50 years.

Zhang JK, Del Valle AJ, Alexopoulos G, Patel N, Van Nispen J, Patel M, Xu E, Mercier P, Kohn NA, Mattei TA. Malpractice …

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Zhang JK, Del Valle AJ, Alexopoulos G, Patel N, Van Nispen J, Patel M, Xu E, Mercier P, Kohn NA, Mattei TA. Malpractice litigation in elective lumbar spinal fusion: a comprehensive review of reported legal claims in the U.S. in the past 50 years. Spine J. 2022 Aug;22(8):1254-1264. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2022.03.015.
"The most common claims were intraoperative error (28%, n=107) followed by failure to obtain informed consent (24%, n=94). In the analyzed cohort, the most common injuries leading to litigation were refractory pain and suffering (37%, n=149) followed by permanent neurological deficits (26%,n=106).