Louisiana Malpractice Insurance

Despite having passed comprehensive reforms to its medical liability system as early as 1975, Louisiana malpractice insurance rates tend to be high, especially when compared to neighboring states. Though Louisiana has a cap on damages and is one of the few states with a Patient Compensation Fund (PCF), malpractice rates have remained stubbornly high.

Our 2021 Physician Buyers Guide for purchasing malpractice insurance in Louisiana gives you the information necessary to obtain the strongest, most financially secure policy at the best price. When shopping for coverage, you need a full view of the Louisiana marketplace to find the company that best fits your situation. Choose a broker that can offer multiple quotes from all the major malpractice insurance companies in Louisiana.

How to buy malpractice insurance in Louisiana.

The best way to buy malpractice coverage is to work with a reputable malpractice insurance broker in Louisiana who can generate multiple quotes. Your broker will walk you through the lengthy insurance application and underwriting process. . Click to get medical malpractice insurance quotes from every major Louisiana malpractice insurance company.

Typically, the malpractice insurance purchasing process goes like this:

  1. Submit your information for your free medical malpractice insurance quote from every major insurance company in Louisiana.
  2. One of our veteran malpractice insurance agents who specializes in the Louisiana market will contact you to learn more about your specific needs.
  3. We shop your coverage to every major insurance company in Louisiana.
  4. We present you with a number of insurance quotes and give you the information necessary to make an educated and informed decision. Don’t worry. We’re here every step of the way, helping you get the best price with the best company.
  5. At renewal time, we restart the process of shopping your coverage among every major carrier to keep your policy properly priced.

How to save money on your malpractice insurance.

  • The easiest way to save money on your medical malpractice insurance policy is by working with a broker who has the access to generate quotes from every major insurance company, offering an accurate view of the marketplace. As one of the top brokers in Louisiana, we can guide you through the application and underwriting process so you’re confident you secured the best price with the right insurer for your situation.
  • The most common limits in Louisiana are $1 million/$3 million. Limits of liability play a major role in determining the overall cost of your policy. Some companies will offer lower limits to save you money. We don’t recommend this. We want your risks fully indemnified so you never have to pay an award out of pocket. Let us save you money by shopping your coverage rather than skimp on protection.
  • Check out our 7 secrets your medical malpractice insurance agent won’t tell you page to get insider information on buying coverage in Louisiana.

How much does medical malpractice insurance cost in Louisiana.

Rates for physician malpractice insurance vary depending upon where you practice within the state. The cost of malpractice insurance in Louisiana also varies greatly depending upon which medical malpractice insurance company you choose. For example, a general surgeon in New Orleans could see an annual malpractice premium of $35,000. That same general surgeon could move his medical practice to Shreveport (Bossier Parrish) and see their malpractice premium drop to $17,000. This is one of the many reasons it’s important to work with an insurance agency that specializes in medical malpractice insurance. Below are mature, base rates with no credits or discounts. We typically get our clients a 30-50% reduction from these rates:

Louisiana

  • Internal Medicine Average Rate $13,449
  • General Surgeon Average Rate $43,774
  • OB/gyn – Average Rate $43,529
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Medical malpractice requirements in Louisiana.

Limits of Liability: The most common limits of liability in Louisiana are $100,000 per claim with an annual aggregate cap of $300,000.

Most hospitals require a physician carry malpractice insurance prior to granting admitting privileges. Some of the hospital systems requiring this include, but are not limited to, Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Willis-Knighton in Shreveport and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

Best Medical malpractice insurance companies in Louisiana.

  1. LAMMICO
  2. Medical Protective
  3. Columbia Casualty Co.
  4. NORCAL

Why partner with Cunningham Group?

Partnering with Cunningham Group will give you a full view of the Louisiana marketplace.. Our veteran insurance agents average 10+ years of industry experience. Let us help you secure medical malpractice insurance quotes from every major insurance company in Louisiana.

Historic Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates in Louisiana for Physicians.

Brief History and other important facts of medical malpractice insurance in Louisiana.

Despite having passed comprehensive reforms to its medical liability system as early as 1975, rates in Louisiana tend to be high, especially compared with neighboring states. Though Louisiana has a cap on damages and is one of the few states with a Patient Compensation Fund (PCF), malpractice rates have remained stubbornly high. Much of this may be due to the state’s overall tort climate, which, according to the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), is one of the nation’s worst. The ILR, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ranked Louisiana as 49 out of the 50 states in its 2019 report, Ranking the States: A Survey of the Fairness and Reasonableness of State Liability Systems. Louisiana ranked at or close to the bottom in every measure, including judges’ impartiality and competence; jury fairness; damages; treatment of scientific and technical evidence; timeliness of summary judgment or dismissal; and having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements. New Orleans and Orleans Parish were also singled out as among the worst jurisdictions in the country for tort cases.

Louisiana Patient Compensation Fund

Medical liability reform came to Louisiana early on, with the passage of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act (LMMA) of 1975. The Act came in response to the medical liability crisis of the early-1970s, which saw the rate of claims more than double nationwide, leading to double-digit rate increases in physician premiums. The LMMA attempted to combat this trend through a three-pronged approach, including: 1. A $500,000 cap on total damages in medical malpractice cases (not including future medical costs); 2. The establishment of a Patient Compensation Fund, which provides for claim payments in excess of $100,000, up to the $500,000 damage cap; and 3. Creation of a medical review panel, comprised of three healthcare professionals and one non-voting attorney. The panel must determine whether a defendant acted within the appropriate standard of care and, if not, the panel must provide an opinion on whether or not the defendant’s actions contributed to the injury. The panel’s report is considered expert testimony and may be presented at trial.

Physicians and healthcare providers must meet certain requirements to be protected by the LMMA and participate in the state’s PCF. Physicians must carry at least $100,000 in primary insurance coverage from a traditional insurer – or self-insure by posting a $125,000 security bond – and pay a surcharge to the PCF. The PCF pools the risk of claims in excess of the required $100,000, so that the plaintiff’s total possible recovery is $500,000 plus future medical costs, which are paid by the PCF as they are incurred.

Louisiana has also reformed its joint-and-several liability laws to make defendants liable for only their share of damages and added a fee requirement when requesting that a case be reviewed by the medical review panel to help weed out frivolous claims. In 2006-07, a strong challenge to Louisiana’s damage cap was raised when the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the state’s damage cap to be unconstitutional, as it was not indexed for inflation and did not provide an “adequate remedy” for those injured by a healthcare provider with medical damages in excess of $500,000. However, the Louisiana Supreme Court voided the decision on procedural grounds. In 2011, Louisiana legislatures attempted to pass a bill, known as SB 61, which would have secured the damage cap going forward by amending the state constitution to give the legislature the explicit power to “determine limitations on liability damages in medical or health care liability claims and other claims against healthcare providers.” Though SB 61 died in committee, the state’s damage cap remains in place for now.