North Carolina Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in North Carolina?

    The average medical malpractice payment in North Carolina for 2022 was $297,151. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $305,711.

  • How many medical malpractice settlements have there been in North Carolina?

    In 2022, there were 149 medical malpractice payments made in North Carolina. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 25 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, North Carolina ranked number 48 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 North Carolina?

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

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

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

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.
North Carolina Medical Malpractice Payment Amounts By Year
North Carolina Medical Malpractice Payments By Year

The Largest Medical Malpractice Payments for North Carolina (2004-2022)

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2004North Carolina$13,500,000Failure to Perform Preoperative Evaluation
2013North Carolina$9,950,000Improper Management
2019North Carolina$8,950,000Failure to Perform Procedure
2020North Carolina$4,950,000Failure to Diagnose
2019North Carolina$4,950,000Unnecessary Procedure
2021North Carolina$4,850,000Wrong Dosage Ordered of Correct Medication
2019North Carolina$4,450,000Delay in Diagnosis
2020North Carolina$4,450,000An Otherwise Unclassified Allegation
2015North Carolina$3,950,000Improper Technique
2021North Carolina$3,950,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress

North Carolina Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $305,711

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 3,369

Average Payment (2022): $297,151

Total Number of Payments (2022): 149

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 42

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 48 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Surgery Related - 27% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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