Alabama Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Alabama?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Alabama for 2022 was $481,753. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $392,967.

  • How many medical malpractice settlements have there been in Alabama?

    In 2022, there were 80 medical malpractice payments made in Alabama. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 33 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Alabama ranked number 46 of 59, which includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Armed Forces populations.

  • What is the most common type of medical malpractice claim in Alabama?

    Across the country, the most common allegations giving rise to medical malpractice payments are "Failure to Diagnose" and "Improper Performance." Alabama is among those jurisdictions for which the top allegation appearing in the database is "Improper Performance." The second most frequent allegation appearing for Alabama in the database is "An Otherwise Unclassified Allegation."

  • Which type of healthcare provider pays the most medical malpractice claims in Alabama?

    Among all claims, the vast majority (about 70%) of the payments are associated with care provided by MDs. Alabama is no exception. The second highest type of healthcare provider associated with malpractice claims in Alabama is a dentist.

A few notes about this: The database only shows which claims were paid and does not include claims that were presented but rejected. Also, the database does not include payments by non-providers like health systems and hospitals. There are also some number of claims that go unreported each year. Finally, the information contained in the reports is self-reported by the providers, their insurance companies, and other provider representatives.
Alabama Medical Malpractice Payment Amounts By Year
Alabama Medical Malpractice Payments By Year

The Largest Medical Malpractice Payments for Alabama (2004-2022)

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2018Alabama$22,500,000Improper Performance
2014Alabama$6,450,000Pathology Error
2014Alabama$6,450,000Pathology Error
2021Alabama$5,250,000Failure to Diagnose
2021Alabama$5,250,000Failure to Diagnose
2021Alabama$5,250,000Failure to Diagnose
2021Alabama$5,250,000Failure to Diagnose
2006Alabama$4,950,000Failure to Diagnose
2020Alabama$4,950,000Delay in Treatment
2016Alabama$4,450,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress

Alabama Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $392,967

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 1,388

Average Payment (2022): $481,753

Total Number of Payments (2022): 80

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 12

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 46 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Surgery Related - 33% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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