Washington Medical Malpractice Information

  • What is the average medical malpractice settlement in Washington?

    The average medical malpractice payment in Washington for 2022 was $454,117. Going back to 2004, the average malpractice payment in the database is $311,530.

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

    In 2022, there were 153 medical malpractice payments made in Washington. Among all of the various jurisdictions, this ranked number 24 out of 59 in terms of raw numbers, but when viewed in terms of claims per capita, Washington ranked number 41 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 Washington?

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

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

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

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

YearStateAmountAllegationFull Report
2009Washington$14,500,000Improper Performance
2020Washington$12,500,000Failure-to-Ensure Patient Safety
2020Washington$12,500,000Failure-to-Ensure Patient Safety
2007Washington$6,950,000Improperly Performed Resuscitation
2021Washington$6,350,000Improper Technique
2021Washington$5,950,000Improper Performance
2021Washington$5,250,000Failure to Diagnose
2021Washington$5,050,000Failure to Monitor
2022Washington$4,950,000Delay in Diagnosis
2016Washington$4,450,000Failure to Diagnose

Washington Statistics at a Glance

Average Payment (2004-2022): $311,530

Total Payments in Database (2004-2022): 3,977

Average Payment (2022): $454,117

Total Number of Payments (2022): 153

Rank in Average Payment (2022): 17

Rank in Number of Payments Per Capita (2022): 41 of 59 Jurisdictions

Most Common Allegation (2022): Improper Performance

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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