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Table 3 ALAE by adjudication status, 1985-2008

From: High and low-risk specialties experience with the U.S. medical malpractice system

  Average ALAE
  Plaintiff verdict Defendant verdict Plaintiff settlement Dropped, withdrawn or dismissed Arbitration, mediation
High-liability risk specialties $104,469 $86,089 $39,244 $15,482 $62,856
Emergency medicine $95,358 $101,135 $39,788 $14,424 $53,523
General surgery $104,036 $79,709 $33,683 $15,087 $56,076
Obstetric & Gynecologic surgery $108,135 $91,419 $45,538 $16,493 $73,131
Radiology $92,085 $76,162 $33,117 $14,340 $50,166
Low-liability risk specialties $104,451 $80,165 $39,059 $15,297 $68,472
General and family practice $104,469 $71,954 $33,789 $12,718 $61,580
Internal medicine $106,088 $83,670 $41,693 $16,900 $71,865
Pediatrics $97,159 $92,793 $51,940 $17,173 $87,357