Georgia Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Georgia?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Georgia for 2022 was $556,416. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $381,562.

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

    In 2022, there were 311 medical malpractice payments made in Georgia. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 9 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Georgia ranked number 27 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 Georgia?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2020Georgia$6,850,000Agent Use or Selection Error
2022Georgia$6,850,000Improper Performance
2021Georgia$6,650,000Delay in Treatment
2020Georgia$5,950,000Delay in Diagnosis
2022Georgia$5,950,000Failure to Order Appropriate Medication
2007Georgia$4,950,000Patient Monitoring Problem
2016Georgia$4,950,000Failure to Order Appropriate Test
2011Georgia$4,550,000Failure to Diagnose
2018Georgia$4,550,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2013Georgia$4,450,000Improper Performance

Georgia Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $381,562

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 5,678

Average Payment (2022): $556,416

Total Number of Payments (2022): 311

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 8

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 27 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Treatment Related - 35% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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