Medical Malpractice Payouts By State

Our firm has handled hundreds 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

StateTotal Dollars PaidPopulationDollars Per Capita
Rhode Island$33,200,000.00106171231.27
New Jersey$271,210,000.00903287230.02
New York$593,030,000.001986251229.86
Pennsylvania$340,650,000.001282398926.56
Connecticut$95,200,000.00358868326.53
Illinois$263,350,000.001276832020.63
New Hampshire$26,850,000.00135057519.88
Maine$25,350,000.00134158218.90
West Virginia$32,320,000.00180307717.92
District of Columbia$10,940,000.0070360815.55
Montana$16,390,000.00106233015.43
Hawaii$21,700,000.00142639315.21
Oregon$59,680,000.00419956314.21
Louisiana$65,340,000.00468250913.95
Massachusetts$93,650,000.00689591713.58
Maryland$80,080,000.00607960213.17
Georgia$132,070,000.001054513812.52
Florida$251,240,000.002131221111.79
New Mexico$22,160,000.00209070810.60
Arizona$68,780,000.0071238989.65
Delaware$9,250,000.009711809.52
Kentucky$42,370,000.0044722659.47
Utah$28,660,000.0031593459.07
Kansas$26,180,000.0029185158.97
Indiana$57,870,000.0066996298.64
Alaska$6,340,000.007380688.59
Missouri$50,660,000.0061358888.26
Virginia$67,290,000.0085256607.89
Oklahoma$30,950,000.0039405217.85
Washington$57,360,000.0075305527.62
Nevada$23,180,000.0030568247.58
Michigan$75,300,000.0099911777.54
Arkansas$21,130,000.0030203277.00
Iowa$21,990,000.0031605536.96
Colorado$39,430,000.0056842036.94
Nebraska$13,030,000.0019325496.74
Wyoming$3,810,000.005737206.64
Tennessee$44,980,000.0067825646.63
Ohio$75,060,000.00116946646.42
California$249,140,000.00397768306.26
South Carolina$31,440,000.0050889166.18
Mississippi$17,410,000.0029827855.84
Idaho$10,190,000.0017538605.81
North Dakota$3,140,000.007552384.16
Alabama$18,960,000.0048889493.88
Texas$103,020,000.00287043303.59
North Carolina$37,050,000.00103901493.57
Minnesota$18,880,000.0056281623.35
Vermont$1,720,000.006239602.76
South Dakota$2,330,000.008777902.65
Wisconsin$14,280,000.0058180492.45