Medical malpractice claims reported in Michigan showed a steady decline from 2000 to 2007, with an average of 18.9% annual decrease from 1,142 claims in 2000 to 263 claims in 2007 (reported claims decreased from 2006 to 2007 by 44.4%, from 473 to 263 claims). Total closed medical malpractice claims decreased between 2000 and 2007 from 1,354 to 496 (a decrease of 63.4% and an average annual decrease of 13.4%).
From 2003 to 2007, loss ratios of the top six medical malpractice insurance carriers showed a decreasing trend.
For 2006 and 2007, 77% of total claims were settled by parties, the settlement by mediation had the highest average indemnity payment, and trial verdict had the highest average loss adjustment expenses.
Forty-six percent of the total number of claims in 2006 and 2007 were claims for death and permanent or significant injuries.
For 2006 and 2007, 49% of total claims by type of injury came from delay in diagnosis and treatment technique, while the average total claims paid decreased by 19.1% and 13.8%, respectively.
For 2006 and 2007, 52% of total claims by injury location came from the physician’s office and the operating room.
From 2006 to 2007, obstetrical procedures experienced a 105.9% increase in average total claims paid and all other types of injury experienced a 140.7% increase in average total claims paid.
Allopathic physicians (MD) had the most number of reported claims, totaling 3,184 claims for all years combined (2000-2007), constituting 59% of the total 5,400 reported claims, and experienced a 43.3% decrease from 268 claims in 2006 to 152 in 2007.
Source: Evaluation of the Michigan Medical Professional Liability Insurance Market (October 2009)
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