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We are Medical Malpractice Insurance Specialists helping physicians, medical professionals and medical groups across specialties get medical malpractice coverage at cost-effective rates – as well as providing valuable tools and resources.

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Founded in 1947, our experienced liability specialists will customize a policy to the specific needs of you and your practice.
PHYSICIAN DISCOUNTS
Get all the physician discounts you are entitled to, including: Risk Management, Claims-free and New to Practice.
PRIOR ACTS COVERAGE
We ensure you receive Prior Acts, so you avoid purchasing separate tail malpractice coverage.
HISTORIC MED-MAL RATE DATA
We publish historic rate data for every county in the State, in partnership with the Medical Liability Monitor – the nation’s leading independent source of Medical Liability Insurance and healthcare industry news.
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On average, Cunningham Group saves Physicians and Medical Professionals 20% on their medical malpractice insurance.

2017 Mississippi Malpractice Insurance Marketplace Guide

Mississippi Med-Mal Fast Facts

  • Most Common Limits of Liability: $1 million/$3 million
  • Major Malpractice Insurers:
    • Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi Inc.
    • Healthcare Providers Insurance Co. (RRG)
    • Caregivers United Liability Insurance Co.
    • Hudson Specialty Insurance Co.
    • State Volunteer Mutual
  • Cost of Medical Malpractice Insurance: Low

The Mississippi Malpractice Landscape

Mississippi currently enjoys a stable medical malpractice landscape, with fairly low premiums, but this wasn’t always the case. Prior to reforms enacted late in 2002, Mississippi had such high malpractice insurance rates that some physicians were retiring early or moving to states with better liability climates, causing a physician shortage in many parts of the state. Rural areas were hit hardest; most cities with a population under 20,000 had no access to an obstetrician and specialists were becoming increasingly scarce. Since passing reforms, the situation has slowly been improving in Mississippi. According to a 2015 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Mississippi currently has the fewest active physicians per capita of any state, at only 184.7 physicians per 100,000 residents. But, this is a substantial improvement from the AAMC’s 2011 report, which showed only 159.4 active physicians per 100,000 residents in Mississippi.

Tort Reform in Mississippi

During a special session of the state legislature called in late 2002, Mississippi passed a slew of reforms to help ameliorate the problem of high liability rates and resulting physician shortages. The ensuing legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2) included a $500,000 cap on noneconomic damages, required plaintiffs to give defendants 60-days written notice before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, abolished joint liability for noneconomic damages for defendants found to be less than 30 percent at fault and required plaintiff attorneys to consult with an expert prior to filing a claim. A separate bill passed during the same session, House Bill 19 (HB 19) ended the practice of venue shopping in Mississippi.

In a 2004 special session, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour ushered a comprehensive civil justice reform bill through the state legislature. House Bill 13 (HB 13) expanded the 2002 medical liability reforms through provisions such as a “hard limit” of $500,000 on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice court cases, removing exceptions for piercing the cap that were part of the original legislation. Additionally, HB13 further tightened the requirements against venue shopping and completely abolished joint liability for all defendants.

Does Mississippi have…

  • Damage Caps? Yes, noneconomic damages are capped at $500,000.
  • Patient Compensation Fund? No
  • Apology Law? No
  • Collateral Source Reform? No
  • Periodic Payments? Not mandated
  • Joint Liability Reform? Yes, defendants are responsible only for their portion of negligence, unless they consciously or deliberately pursued a common plan or design to commit a tortious act or take actively take part in one.
  • Limits on Plaintiff Attorney’s Fees? No

Medical Malpractice Rates in Mississippi

Overview

Medical malpractice rates in Mississippi are low. Since medical liability reforms were passed more than 10 years ago, once-high premiums in Mississippi have decreased significantly. Currently, premiums are either holding steady or falling.

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By combining our efforts with those of the Medical Liability Monitor – the nation’s leading independent source of Medical Liability Insurance news, as well as the political, legal and risk management issues that affect the healthcare industry – we’ve published historic rate data for every county in the Magnolia State. You can view all the rates by completing the three simple steps on the left of this page. You’ll find the insights offered by this information invaluable when making your decision on your medical malpractice insurance coverage and carriers. This is only one of the many reasons that Cunningham Group Insurance has become the preferred online source for Mississippi physicians, healthcare professionals and medical groups looking to find the best coverage and lower their medical malpractice insurance rates.

Coverage by Mississippi County

Rates are constant across Mississippi’s 82 counties, with physicians in populous counties like Hinds and Harrison paying the same low rates as doctors in more rural areas.

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