Maryland Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Maryland?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Maryland for 2022 was $317,833. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $348,267.

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

    In 2022, there were 222 medical malpractice payments made in Maryland. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 15 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Maryland ranked number 20 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 Maryland?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2014Maryland$22,500,000Unnecessary Procedure
2015Maryland$22,500,000Delay in Performance
2014Maryland$14,500,000Unnecessary Procedure
2014Maryland$13,500,000Unnecessary Procedure
2021Maryland$11,500,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2011Maryland$9,950,000Failure to Monitor
2012Maryland$7,850,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2021Maryland$7,450,000Delay in Diagnosis
2019Maryland$6,950,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2019Maryland$6,950,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress

Maryland Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $348,267

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 5,038

Average Payment (2022): $317,833

Total Number of Payments (2022): 222

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 38

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 20 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Treatment Related - 33% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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