Michigan Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Michigan?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Michigan for 2022 was $322,213. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $177,241.

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

    In 2022, there were 346 medical malpractice payments made in Michigan. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 8 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Michigan ranked number 22 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 Michigan?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2022Michigan$9,950,000Failure to Treat
2020Michigan$7,450,000Delay in Treatment
2012Michigan$5,950,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2022Michigan$5,950,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2008Michigan$5,850,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2017Michigan$4,950,000Unnecessary Procedure
2014Michigan$4,750,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2008Michigan$4,450,000Agent Use or Selection Error
2004Michigan$3,850,000Improper Performance
2022Michigan$3,850,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress

Michigan Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $177,241

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 7,716

Average Payment (2022): $322,213

Total Number of Payments (2022): 346

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 36

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 22 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 - 34% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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