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Medical Malpractice Insurance

As a healthcare provider, you've spent your life working to help others—but if you make a mistake, you could end up facing a medical malpractice lawsuit. With the average jury award just under $800,000, medical malpractice insurance could be the only thing standing between you and having to close down your entire practice.

However, these cases can be difficult to resolve. As noted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, quite a lot of funding goes into investigating claims and determining whether or not malpractice occurred. If it didn't, then patients often have no basis for a lawsuit.

If a patient does have a basis for a claim, Heritage Insurance Agency agents will work with you throughout the defense process to help cover losses in the event you're found liable for malpractice. Remember, there are no forms of medicine that are immune to malpractice suits. Whether you're a general practitioner or a dedicated specialist, there's always the chance of something going wrong, and more frequently, patients believing you did something wrong.

 

Medical Malpractice Coverage

Medical malpractice policies cover liability associated with any form of wrongful practice (intentional or not), with a particular emphasis on bodily injury, property damage, and medical expenses. They also cover defending against lawsuits related to these (many of which can take more than a year to reach a successful conclusion).

There are two major types of coverage:

·         Occurrence policies cover against losses that happen during the period that a policy was in force, since many people may not file suit for more than a year after the alleged malpractice incident. Once the suit is filed, it may take more than two years to resolve.

·         Claims Made policies cover any claims that are made during the time the policy is in force (and usually for a set period of time afterward, in the case of ongoing litigation).

A majority of malpractice cases can and will be settled out of court, without ever having to risk the high claims of a trial. Heritage Insurance Agency agents try to work towards this outcome whenever they can—settlements rarely happen until late in the process, but they allow for lower payouts when necessary. This helps us keep your premiums low, and protects you from the anxiety (and interruption of your business) that a trial can bring.

Be sure you know which type of medical malpractice insurance you have and how long it covers you for, since this can determine whether or not you have any coverage at all if a suit is brought against you. If you're not sure how long you'll need coverage for, one of our agents can talk with you about your plans for the future and how much insurance you need.

1. Goguen, David. "National Medical Malpractice Statistics." MedicalMalpractice.com. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.medicalmalpractice.com/national-medical-malpractice-facts.cfm.

2. "Medical Professional Liability Insurance." Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.naic.org/cipr_topics/topic_med_mal.htm.

3. "What Percentage Of Medical Malpractice Cases Settle Versus Go To Trial." Lawyer Locator. Accessed April 20, 2016. http://www.lawyerlocator.com/medical-malpractice/percentage-of-cases-settled-versus-trial/.

Our Location

Chico

2051 Forest Avenue
Chico, CA 95928
Main office: 530-894-3276

Our Providers

"We do business with Heritage Insurance Agency for the excellent, personal customer service we receive. They are there when we need them." Debbie Hobbs-Floors By Ray
Debbie Hobbs-Floors By Ray
"My experience with Heritage, formerly Wagner Insurance Agency has exceeded my very high expectations. They are courteous, knowledgeable, responsive, and genuinely interested in matching their clients with the right coverage at a very competitive price. I was attracted by their ability to meet all insurance needs under “one roof.” But when I found out they could do so while upgrading my coverage and STILL save me money, I knew I had found a special place. Kudos to Steve, Dana, and the rest of the team at Heritage for putting the customer first!" -Lawrence Fowler
Lawrence Fowler
"It isn't what we say about ourselves that matters, it's what others say about us that matters most." -Agency Principal, Steve Mora
Agency Principal - Steve Mora
"Our family farm selected Steve and his team at Heritage Insurance because of their commitment to each client. Valuing the person not the policy, Heritage Insurance works with you individually to obtain the best policy that fits your needs. They are quick to obtain the needs of each client and work diligently in doing so. Steve and Kelly are actively involved in many events directly connecting them to the community." -Theresa Schneider, A&J Family Farms, Inc.
Theresa Schneider - A&J Family Farms, Inc. Chico, CA
"Heritage Insurance Agency has not only provided our families with dependable insurance coverage but most importantly provided us with peace of mind with their knowledge and great service. Steve and his staff are attentive to all our needs for our auto, farm business, worker's comp, crop and even health insurance...they got us covered! I appreciate knowing they are always looking out for us-just like family." -Carolina Burreson, Burreson Farms
Carolina Burreson, Burreson Farms, Orland, CA
"We have been associated with Steve Mora and his family for over 30 years. Because of that personal relationship we were very comfortable in assigning to him all our insurance needs, even though separated by considerable distance. Our coverage includes auto, health, residence and several ranch properties plus an umbrella policy. In this modern age of technology our need for security and the peace of mind that goes with it has been well served by Heritage Insurance Agency." -Eve and Glenn Cherry
Eve and Glenn Cherry, Templeton, CA
Whenever you have a problem or a claim, Steve and Kelly act quickly and you will have an answer immediately. In all the years I have been with Heritage, formerly Wagner Insurance, they have been there to ensure wonderful service and that my claims are handled promptly. They always put the costumer first. I like working with Heritage Insurance because they are a versatile agency that handles all types of insurance needs from Farm, auto, commercial to health and life. - Michael Pearson P & S Farms
Michael Pearson P & S Farms
"Steve always takes the time to educate me and explain my options in a way that makes me confident that he has my best interests at heart. The personalized service you receive on the phone, or the warm welcome you experience when you walk into the office, leaves you feeling as if you are part of the family, instead of a name on a file." -Lisa Mehoff
Lisa Mehoff