Interventional Radiology: Analysis of Closed Malpractice Claims


Studying interventional radiology malpractice claims provides an understanding of drivers of lawsuits and patient injuries that result. By analyzing these claims and identifying the contributing factors involved, risk mitigation strategies can be developed and implemented reducing adverse patient outcomes and increasing patient safety. The Doctors Company looks at written demands for payment against interventional radiologists with expert reviews including case scenarios to illustrate situations demonstrating these radiology risks.

Course ID #: TDE 210862.0 Issue Date: 4/1/2021 Expiration Date: 4/1/2024


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Implement risk mitigation strategies related to informed consent that will diminish lack of informed consent allegations (or failure of duty to warn allegations).
  • Evaluate provider-to-patient and provider-to-provider communication failure points in the IR process and take steps to improve this communication.
  • Evaluate critical communication related to teamwork and post-procedure handoffs in the IR process and take steps to improve this communication.
  • Utilize the closed claim examples in this program to educate his/her/their peers and team as opportunities to improve those failure points related to potential risk in patient care.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

Lisa McCorkle, MSN, MBA, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, CPHRM, LNCC, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

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