Nurses’ Malpractice Insurance Claim Reports

Nurse Professional Liability Exposure Claim Report: 4th Edition
Minimizing Risk, Achieving Excellence

By analyzing legal cases against nurses with NSO malpractice coverage, we can identify the underlying nursing and other factors that lead to claims. Nurses can then learn from their peers’ experiences to protect themselves and their patients.  After analyzing the data, it also becomes clear the cost of malpractice insurance for nurses is negligible compared to the cost of nursing malpractice cases or State Board of Nursing investigations.
Key findings include:

  • $210,513 average malpractice claim cost, up from $201,670 in the 2015 report
  • 18.5% of malpractice claims were against med/surg nurses, down from 40.1% in the 2011 report
  • 20.7% of malpractice claims were against home health nurses, up from 8.9% in the 2011 report
  • $5,330 average license defense cost for a nurse, a 58.9% increase since the 2011 report

Webinar: Using Malpractice Claims Data to Identify Risks in Nursing Practice

  • Earn a FREE CE credit* while learning about some of the latest malpractice risks impacting nursing professionals from the newly released Nurse Claim Report.
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Risk Control Strategy Spotlights: 
  • Defending Your Nursing License
  • Documentation for Nurses – Coming soon!
  • Communication – Coming soon!
  • Home Care – Coming soon!
  • Depositions – Coming soon!
  • Medication Administration – Coming soon!
  • Liability for Nurse Managers – Coming soon!
Additional nursing resources:
2015 Nurse Professional Liability Exposures
Claim Report Update
NSO and CNA’s third nurses’ liability report provides access to data for malpractice and license defense claims that occurred between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.  The 80-page report offers:
  • Professional liability lawsuit claim data and analysis
  • Nursing license protection insurance claim data and analysis
  • Legal case studies
  • A self-assessment checklist
  • Risk management recommendations
  • Selected highlights from NSO nurse work profile survey
2011 Understanding Nurse Liability
A Three-Part Approach
This three-part report covers professional liability claims, licensing protection claims and selected samples from the NSO 2011 Qualitative Nurse Work Profile Survey. Highlights of the report include:
  • Professional Liability Claims:  Provides statistical data on nurse malpractice claims that closed between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2010.
  • License Protection Claims:  Includes details and analysis on 1,127 licensing actions filed with State Boards of Nursing during the 5-year study period. 
  • Nurse Work Profile Survey:  Addresses issues not contained in claim study data, such as the impact of having a mentor and the relationship between C.E. and average paid claim amounts.

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Nurse Practitioner Claim Report: 4th Edition - A Guide to Identifying and Addressing Professional Liability Exposures

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Nurse Professional Liability Exposure Claim Report: 4th Edition: Minimizing Risk, Achieving Excellence

The 4th Edition of the Nurse Claim Report provides a wealth of statistical data and analysis that shows how nurses’ malpractice claims have evolved over the past 20 years.  Use the report’s risk control strategies to reduce your potential exposures and improve patient outcomes.  Feel free to share it with your colleagues.

Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report Update

This report examines nurse claims that can help you identify liability patterns and trends so you can understand your areas of greatest vulnerability, and take appropriate action to protect patients from harm and reduce the risk of potential litigation.

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