Utah Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Utah?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Utah for 2022 was $367,014. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $231,439.

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

    In 2022, there were 70 medical malpractice payments made in Utah. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 34 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Utah ranked number 37 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 Utah?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2017Utah$4,950,000Improper Management
2009Utah$3,950,000Failure to Treat Fetal Distress
2011Utah$3,650,000Delay in Treatment of Identified Fetal Distress
2014Utah$2,450,000Improper Technique
2016Utah$2,150,000Failure to Recognize a Complication
2020Utah$2,150,000Wrong Medication Administered
2017Utah$1,950,000Improper Performance
2022Utah$1,950,000Wrongful Life or Birth
2019Utah$1,850,000Improper Technique
2010Utah$1,550,000Communication Problem Between Practitioners

Utah Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $231,439

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 1,875

Average Payment (2022): $367,014

Total Number of Payments (2022): 70

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 31

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 37 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 - 32% of all payments

Type of Provider with Most Payments: Physician (MD)

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