[T]he average physician spends almost 11 percent of his or her career with an open and unresolved medical malpractice claim. A major contributor is the length of the process of adjudicating such claims: The typical medical malpractice claim isn’t filed until almost two years after the incident occurred, and it isn’t resolved until 43 months post incident. When dealing with open claims, physicians spend up to 70 percent of that time with claims that never result in a payment.

Source: Health Affairs blog.