Oregon Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Oregon?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Oregon for 2022 was $366,644. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $366,165.

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

    In 2022, there were 116 medical malpractice payments made in Oregon. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 28 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Oregon ranked number 29 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 Oregon?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2019Oregon$22,500,000Failure to Diagnose
2012Oregon$14,500,000Improper Technique
2019Oregon$11,500,000Improper Management
2019Oregon$11,500,000Improper Management
2017Oregon$8,950,000Improper Technique
2022Oregon$8,350,000Failure to Diagnose
2017Oregon$5,450,000Improperly Performed Vaginal Delivery
2021Oregon$5,250,000Failure to Diagnose
2010Oregon$5,050,000Failure to Identify Fetal Distress
2016Oregon$4,950,000Improper Management

Oregon Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $366,165

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 2,247

Average Payment (2022): $366,644

Total Number of Payments (2022): 116

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 32

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 29 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Failure to Diagnose

Most Common Allegation in 2021: Improper Performance

Most Common Nature of Claim (2022): Treatment Related - 36% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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