South Carolina Medical Malpractice Insurance

The Basics

  • Number of medical professional liability insurance providers as of 2013: 63
  • Number of practicing physicians as of September 2014: 11,294

Tort Reform

In South Carolina, the cap on non-economic damages is $350,000 per health provider or facility. For actions against more than one health provider or facility not only can noneconomic damages not exceed $350,000 per provider, but additionally there is a total overall limit of $1,050,000. These limits increase or decrease each year based on the consumer price index and do not apply in cases of gross negligence, willful harm, wanton or reckless behavior, or when the defendant has engaged in fraud or misrepresentation.

In addition to caps on noneconomic damages South Carolina also caps punitive damages at the greater of three times the amount of noneconomic damages awarded or $500,000.

Finally, the creation of a state run underwriting association and a voluntary patient compensation fund during the seventies when the availability of medical malpractice insurance was a major problem are often credited with having been the first steps towards a more healthy market.

Statute of Limitations

An injured person must file a claim within 3 years from the date the injury occurred, was discovered, or reasonably should have been discovered. If the discovery date is used, the case must still be filed within 6 years of the date of injury. For a minor who is under 18 years of age when the alleged injury occurs, the deadline to file a claim is 7 years from the date of injury or 1 year after the child’s 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

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Summary of the South Carolina Medical Malpractice Insurance Market

South Carolina’s medical malpractice insurance market has improved over the years with increased availability and affordability of malpractice insurance due, at first, to the creation of the Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) and the patient compensation fund in the mid-70s, and then more recently to improvements in the market and an expansion in the number of carriers in the state.

In 2011, South Carolina was ranked 45 out of 51 (all states and Washington D.C.) in terms of average indemnity payout per claim, with 51 being the lowest. The patient compensation fund, which is voluntary, requires doctors to have an underlying policy with limits of coverage of $200,000 per incident and $600,000 aggregate per policy period (1 year). Any awards beyond this are paid by the fund for those participating. This, along with other factors, has increased the number of players in the market creating healthy competition and a good risk environment for physicians.

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