Maine Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Maine?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Maine for 2022 was $261,345. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $380,383.

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

    In 2022, there were 34 medical malpractice payments made in Maine. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 44 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Maine ranked number 32 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 Maine?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2021Maine$6,450,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2018Maine$5,750,000Improperly Performed Resuscitation
2018Maine$4,850,000Delay in Diagnosis
2017Maine$4,750,000Failure-to-Instruct or Communicate with Patient or Family
2013Maine$4,350,000Delay in Treatment
2021Maine$3,950,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2011Maine$3,650,000Failure/Delay in Referral or Consultation
2021Maine$3,150,000Failure to Diagnose
2011Maine$2,950,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2015Maine$2,950,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress

Maine Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $380,383

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 831

Average Payment (2022): $261,345

Total Number of Payments (2022): 34

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 44

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 32 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Surgery Related - 42% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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