Florida Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Florida?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Florida for 2022 was $314,687. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $244,728.

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

    In 2022, there were 1277 medical malpractice payments made in Florida. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 1 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Florida ranked number 5 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 Florida?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2004Florida$27,500,000Improper Choice of Delivery Method
2020Florida$27,500,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2008Florida$14,500,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2010Florida$12,500,000Patient History, Exam, or Workup Problem
2010Florida$12,500,000Patient History, Exam, or Workup Problem
2015Florida$12,500,000Improper Management
2022Florida$11,500,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2007Florida$10,500,000Improperly Performed C-Section
2011Florida$10,500,000Intubation Problem
2022Florida$9,850,000Improper Performance

Florida Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $244,728

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 21,344

Average Payment (2022): $314,687

Total Number of Payments (2022): 1,277

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 39

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 5 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Treatment Related - 31% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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