Arkansas Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Arkansas?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Arkansas for 2022 was $423,943. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $295,972.

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

    In 2022, there were 58 medical malpractice payments made in Arkansas. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 36 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Arkansas ranked number 43 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 Arkansas?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2022Arkansas$3,550,000Wrong Body Part
2007Arkansas$3,450,000Unnecessary Procedure
2021Arkansas$2,950,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2014Arkansas$2,750,000Improper Management
2016Arkansas$2,750,000Failure-to-Report on Patient Condition
2004Arkansas$2,450,000Failure to Recognize a Complication
2014Arkansas$2,450,000Improper Management
2020Arkansas$2,450,000Failure to Use Aseptic Technique
2005Arkansas$2,050,000Failure to Diagnose
2005Arkansas$1,950,000Improper Performance

Arkansas Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $295,972

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 1,289

Average Payment (2022): $423,943

Total Number of Payments (2022): 58

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 21

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 43 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Diagnosis Related - 37% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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