Medical Malpractice Payouts By State

Our personal injury law firm has handled a number of medical malpractice lawsuits here in Connecticut. So we wanted to know which states had the highest payouts per capita. This data about how much was paid out is collected by the  NPDB (National Practitioner Data Base). The methodology used here was to compare the US census data from 2017 to the total dollars paid out in each state in 2017. What the data shows is pretty shocking. The smallest state in size is actually the state with the highest dollars per capita for medical malpractice payouts with $31.27 being paid out per capita in 2017.

 

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Medical Malpractice Payout Data 2017

State Total Dollars Paid Population Dollars Per Capita
Rhode Island $33,200,000.00 1061712 31.27
New Jersey $271,210,000.00 9032872 30.02
New York $593,030,000.00 19862512 29.86
Pennsylvania $340,650,000.00 12823989 26.56
Connecticut $95,200,000.00 3588683 26.53
Illinois $263,350,000.00 12768320 20.63
New Hampshire $26,850,000.00 1350575 19.88
Maine $25,350,000.00 1341582 18.90
West Virginia $32,320,000.00 1803077 17.92
District of Columbia $10,940,000.00 703608 15.55
Montana $16,390,000.00 1062330 15.43
Hawaii $21,700,000.00 1426393 15.21
Oregon $59,680,000.00 4199563 14.21
Louisiana $65,340,000.00 4682509 13.95
Massachusetts $93,650,000.00 6895917 13.58
Maryland $80,080,000.00 6079602 13.17
Georgia $132,070,000.00 10545138 12.52
Florida $251,240,000.00 21312211 11.79
New Mexico $22,160,000.00 2090708 10.60
Arizona $68,780,000.00 7123898 9.65
Delaware $9,250,000.00 971180 9.52
Kentucky $42,370,000.00 4472265 9.47
Utah $28,660,000.00 3159345 9.07
Kansas $26,180,000.00 2918515 8.97
Indiana $57,870,000.00 6699629 8.64
Alaska $6,340,000.00 738068 8.59
Missouri $50,660,000.00 6135888 8.26
Virginia $67,290,000.00 8525660 7.89
Oklahoma $30,950,000.00 3940521 7.85
Washington $57,360,000.00 7530552 7.62
Nevada $23,180,000.00 3056824 7.58
Michigan $75,300,000.00 9991177 7.54
Arkansas $21,130,000.00 3020327 7.00
Iowa $21,990,000.00 3160553 6.96
Colorado $39,430,000.00 5684203 6.94
Nebraska $13,030,000.00 1932549 6.74
Wyoming $3,810,000.00 573720 6.64
Tennessee $44,980,000.00 6782564 6.63
Ohio $75,060,000.00 11694664 6.42
California $249,140,000.00 39776830 6.26
South Carolina $31,440,000.00 5088916 6.18
Mississippi $17,410,000.00 2982785 5.84
Idaho $10,190,000.00 1753860 5.81
North Dakota $3,140,000.00 755238 4.16
Alabama $18,960,000.00 4888949 3.88
Texas $103,020,000.00 28704330 3.59
North Carolina $37,050,000.00 10390149 3.57
Minnesota $18,880,000.00 5628162 3.35
Vermont $1,720,000.00 623960 2.76
South Dakota $2,330,000.00 877790 2.65
Wisconsin $14,280,000.00 5818049 2.45