Medical Malpractice Insurance Primer
Utah Medical Malpractice Basics
- 1 Medical Malpractice Insurance Company holds 66% of the total market.
- 36 Insurance Carriers write medical malpractice insurance – the top 20 write 99.53% of the market.
- 80% of Utah’s healthcare providers are in the Salt Lake City area.
- Number of Physicians: 6,053
Utah legislators passed a law in 2010 limiting the amount of non-economic damages awarded in medical malpractice cases to $450,000. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering. There is no limit in other categories such as medical expenses, loss of income, etc. Many feel the cap has helped keep malpractice insurance rates low and stabilized the market, because it has discouraged malpractice claims.
Statute of Limitations
In Utah, a patient has 2 years from the date when an injury is discovered or reasonably should have been discovered to file a medical malpractice suit. In addition, there’s a maximum of 4 years from the date of the care that allegedly caused the injury. This rule applies to people of all ages, but there have been cases involving minors where exceptions have been made.
While there are 36 insurance companies offering medical professional liability insurance in Utah, the market continues to be dominated by 1 large carrier. However, physicians should not feel that they do not have a choice; there are plenty of good options for competitive rates with quality companies. Many physicians are turning to alternative types of coverage for more flexible options and lower rates. An independent broker should be able to provide quotes from several types of companies.
Summary of the Utah Medical Malpractice Insurance Market
Over the past several years, Utah doctors have enjoyed a stable medical malpractice insurance market. In comparison to the rest of the country, the Utah medical liability insurance market has not had large swings in premium rates. Malpractice insurance premiums in Utah are determined by specialty and geographic area or county are not considered, which is unusual. This is probably because most practitioners are concentrated in one metropolitan area. Overall, this is a good state for physicians and surgeons to practice, and there is no reason to think that the conditions will change any time soon.
External Links & Resources for Utah Physicians & Surgeons
- Utah Medical Association (UMA)
- Utah Hospitals & Health Systems Association
- Society of Utah Medical Oncologists (SUMO)
- Utah Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (UASCA)
- Utah MGMA
Want to learn more about medical malpractice insurance policies in your state? Call our main office in St. Louis, Missouri, at (855) 823-5283 for all your questions about malpractice policies in Utah. Get your free quote today!
START SAVING NOW!
Fill out the form below to request your free, no-obligation quotes or call us toll-free at (855) 823-5283 today.
Why Choose eQuoteMD™ to Obtain Lower Premiums for Medical Malpractice Insurance for your Practice?
Multiple Rate Quotes
Average Savings over 20%
Quality Coverage Guaranteed
Occurrence or Claims-Made
Tail Coverage Policies
Every Specialty & Facility
For first year physicians
Top Rated Companies