New Jersey Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in New Jersey?

    The average medical malpractice payment in New Jersey for 2022 was $426,667. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $369,565.

  • How many medical malpractice settlements have there been in New Jersey?

    In 2022, there were 515 medical malpractice payments made in New Jersey. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 6 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, New Jersey ranked number 7 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 New Jersey?

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

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

    Among all claims, the vast majority (about 70%) of the payments are associated with care provided by MDs. New Jersey is no exception. The second highest type of healthcare provider associated with malpractice claims in New Jersey is a registered nurse.

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.
New Jersey Medical Malpractice Payment Amounts By Year
New Jersey Medical Malpractice Payments By Year

The Largest Medical Malpractice Payments for New Jersey (2004-2022)

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2016New Jersey$14,500,000Failure to Treat
2022New Jersey$14,500,000Wrong Dosage Administered
2014New Jersey$13,500,000Wrong Dosage Administered
2014New Jersey$12,500,000Communication Problem Between Practitioners
2016New Jersey$11,500,000Delay in Diagnosis
2015New Jersey$10,500,000Failure to Treat
2016New Jersey$9,450,000Failure to Diagnose
2010New Jersey$8,750,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2011New Jersey$7,650,000Intubation Problem
2011New Jersey$7,450,000Failure to Diagnose

New Jersey Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $369,565

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 12,276

Average Payment (2022): $426,667

Total Number of Payments (2022): 515

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 19

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 7 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

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

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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