Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Oklahoma?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Oklahoma for 2022 was $256,881. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $251,177.

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

    In 2022, there were 148 medical malpractice payments made in Oklahoma. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 26 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Oklahoma ranked number 17 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 Oklahoma?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2019Oklahoma$15,500,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2020Oklahoma$7,450,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2004Oklahoma$6,450,000An Otherwise Unclassified Allegation
2005Oklahoma$5,950,000Failure to Order Appropriate Test
2005Oklahoma$5,250,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2013Oklahoma$4,350,000Vicarious Liability
2014Oklahoma$2,750,000Patient History, Exam, or Workup Problem
2016Oklahoma$2,750,000Improper Performance
2011Oklahoma$2,350,000Failure to Order Appropriate Test
2017Oklahoma$2,250,000Failure/Delay in Referral or Consultation

Oklahoma Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $251,177

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 3,163

Average Payment (2022): $256,881

Total Number of Payments (2022): 148

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 45

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 17 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Treatment Related - 34% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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