Indiana Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Indiana?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Indiana for 2022 was $236,046. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $239,091.

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

    In 2022, there were 271 medical malpractice payments made in Indiana. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 11 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Indiana ranked number 14 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 Indiana?

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

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

    Among all claims, the vast majority (about 70%) of the payments are associated with care provided by MDs. Indiana is no exception. The second highest type of healthcare provider associated with malpractice claims in Indiana is an osteopathic physician (DO).

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.
Indiana Medical Malpractice Payment Amounts By Year
Indiana Medical Malpractice Payments By Year

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2006Indiana$15,500,000Improper Choice of Delivery Method
2022Indiana$5,950,000Failure to Diagnose
2012Indiana$2,450,000Failure to Diagnose
2004Indiana$2,250,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2006Indiana$2,250,000Failure to Order Appropriate Test
2013Indiana$1,750,000Agent Use or Selection Error
2022Indiana$1,750,000Failure-to-Instruct or Communicate with Patient or Family
2006Indiana$1,650,000Improper Management
2010Indiana$1,450,000Improper Performance
2007Indiana$1,350,000Failure to Delay a Case When Indicated

Indiana Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $239,091

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 4,953

Average Payment (2022): $236,046

Total Number of Payments (2022): 271

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 48

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 14 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Surgery Related - 30% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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