Orthopedic Surgery: Navigating the Risks


According to the MPL Association's recent study, the average indemnity payment for an orthopedic surgery claim is $346,336. Closed claims data from The Doctors Company and the MPL Association involving allegations against orthopedic surgeons were analyzed to gain insight and knowledge for reducing malpractice risk. Common trends and top contributing factors are revealed. Case examples are discussed, key risk management issues are identified, and comments from physician experts are shared. Interactive Q & A provides the learner an opportunity to engage in the case analysis.

Course ID #: TDE 211033.0 Issue Date: 2/23/2022 Expiration Date: 2/23/2025


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the most common malpractice allegations involving orthopedic surgeons.
  • Evaluate my practice to identify known top contributing factors in orthopedic malpractice claims.
  • Apply at least one risk management insight from this program to decrease my malpractice risk.


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

Amy Wasdin, RN, MBA, CPHRM, CPHQ, 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. 

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

If you have questions, contact educationsupport@thedoctors.com or call 800.421.2368.


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