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Medical Malpractice Insurance in Rapid City SD & Spearfish SD

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, First Western 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. First Western 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 Locations

First Western Insurance (Rapid City)

2630 Jackson Blvd, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57702
Main office: 605-348-9800
Fax: 605-342-4579

First Western Insurance (Belle Fourche)

41 Fifth Ave
Belle Fourche, SD 57717
Main office: 605-892-2727
Fax: 605-892-6267

First Western Insurance (Custer)

40 North 5th Street
Custer, SD 57730
Main office: 605-673-2214
Fax: 605-673-2330

First Western Insurance (Deadwood)

460 Main Street
Deadwood, SD 57732
Main office: 605-578-3456
Fax: 605-578-3462

First Western Insurance (Hill City)

427 Main Street
Hill City, SD 57745
Main office: 605-574-2547
Fax: 605-574-4975

First Western Insurance (Hot Springs)

242 S Chicago St, Suite 2
Hot Springs, SD 57747
Main office: 605-745-7900
Fax: 605-745-7899

First Western Insurance (Newell)

106 8th St
Newell, SD 57760
Main office: 605-456-2863
Fax: 605-456-2807

First Western Insurance (Spearfish)

132 E Illinois Street
Spearfish, SD 57783
Main office: 605-642-4711
Fax: 605-642-7315

First Western Insurance (Sturgis)

238 Main St, Suite 1
Sturgis, SD 57785
Main office: 605-347-4644
Fax: 605-347-4730

First Western Insurance (Wall)

418 Main Street
Wall, SD 57790
Main office: 605-279-2545
Fax: 605-279-2292

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