Iowa Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Iowa?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Iowa for 2022 was $514,039. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $313,930.

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

    In 2022, there were 64 medical malpractice payments made in Iowa. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 35 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Iowa ranked number 39 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 Iowa?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2004Iowa$22,500,000Communication Problem Between Practitioners
2009Iowa$8,350,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2019Iowa$5,650,000Wrongful Life or Birth
2019Iowa$4,950,000Wrong or Misdiagnosis
2012Iowa$4,450,000Improperly Performed Vaginal Delivery
2022Iowa$4,250,000Delay in Treatment
2021Iowa$4,050,000Improper Performance
2010Iowa$3,950,000Failure to Perform Resuscitation
2022Iowa$3,950,000Radiology or Imaging Error
2016Iowa$3,150,000Improper Technique

Iowa Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $313,930

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 1,645

Average Payment (2022): $514,039

Total Number of Payments (2022): 64

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 9

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 39 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Treatment Related - 38% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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