Colorado Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Colorado?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Colorado for 2022 was $389,467. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $297,207.

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

    In 2022, there were 115 medical malpractice payments made in Colorado. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 31 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Colorado ranked number 40 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 Colorado?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2015Colorado$10,500,000Intubation Problem
2008Colorado$5,250,000Delay in Diagnosis
2013Colorado$4,950,000Delay in Diagnosis
2014Colorado$4,750,000Delay in Diagnosis
2018Colorado$4,650,000Delay in Performance
2006Colorado$4,450,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2021Colorado$4,150,000Improper Performance
2005Colorado$3,950,000Failure to Diagnose
2008Colorado$3,950,000Improper Performance
2009Colorado$3,950,000Failure to Monitor

Colorado Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $297,207

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 2,748

Average Payment (2022): $389,467

Total Number of Payments (2022): 115

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 26

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 40 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Surgery Related - 28% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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