Alaska Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Alaska?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Alaska for 2022 was $1,034,635. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $509,584.

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

    In 2022, there were 24 medical malpractice payments made in Alaska. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 47 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Alaska ranked number 23 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 Alaska?

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

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

    Among all claims, the vast majority (about 70%) of the payments are associated with care provided by MDs. Alaska is no exception. The second highest type of healthcare provider associated with malpractice claims in Alaska 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.
Alaska Medical Malpractice Payment Amounts By Year
Alaska Medical Malpractice Payments By Year

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2019Alaska$22,500,000Failure to Diagnose
2019Alaska$22,500,000Failure to Diagnose
2005Alaska$9,550,000Improper Performance
2022Alaska$7,850,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2022Alaska$7,850,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2010Alaska$6,250,000Improper Choice of Delivery Method
2005Alaska$4,750,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2018Alaska$3,950,000Delay in Diagnosis
2018Alaska$3,950,000Delay in Diagnosis
2007Alaska$3,150,000Failure to Diagnose

Alaska Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $509,584

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 404

Average Payment (2022): $1,034,635

Total Number of Payments (2022): 24

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 1

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 23 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Surgery Related - 34% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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