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Table 2 The descriptive statistics of all lawsuits originated from ERs in 1998-2002A

From: How risky is caring for emergency patients at risk of malpractice litigation: a population based epidemiological study of Taiwan's experiences

Items N %
Total cases 26 100.0
Claim   
   Diagnosis related 19 73.1
   Treatment related 7 26.9
Final principal diagnosis   
   Traffic Accident 10 38.5
fracture 4 40.0
head injury 3 30.0
internal bleeding 2 20.0
intestinal perforation 1 10.0
   Infection and septic shock 4 15.4
   Acute myocardial infarction 3 11.5
   Iatrogenic 3 11.5
   Intracranial hemorrhage 2 7.7
   Rupture of abdominal aneurysm 1 3.8
   Pulmonary edema 1 3.8
   Adult respiratory distress syndrome 1 3.8
   Congestive heart failure 1 3.8
Injury of the plaintiff   
   Not seriously injured 5 19.2
   Seriously injured 2 7.7
   Dead 19 73.1
Defendant   
   Emergency physiciansB 23 88.5
   Hospital 3 11.5
Judgment in the district court   
   For plaintiff 8 30.8
   Against plaintiff 18 69.2
  1. AER means emergency room.
  2. BEmergency physician is defined as the physician that sees the plaintiff in the ER with unspecified specialty.