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2019 Medical Malpractice
Payout Report

A complete analysis of medical malpractice payouts as recorded by
the National Practitioner Data Bank, presented by LeverageRx

Biggest Changes in Malpractice
Payouts from Previous Year

Historical Medical Malpractice
Payout Amounts

From 2004 - 2018

Total Payments

($ in billions)

Number of Payments

Average Malpractice Payment

Total Payout
Amounts by State

Payout amounts by the millions

Top States Per Capita

Total amount paid out per person residing in the state

Bottom States Per Capita

Total amount paid out per person residing in the state

Malpractice Payouts by State

Medical malpractice payout information in detail for all states

Payout Amounts by
Malpractice Allegation

Some percentages are rounded

Payment Type

Percentages of payment amounts by severity of the alleged outcome

Severity of Outcome

Percentages of payment amounts by severity of the alleged outcome

Average Payment Amount

Payment amounts by severity of the alleged outcome

Patient Type

Total payment amount by patient type

Patient Gender

Percentage total payment amount by patient gender

Patient Age

Total malpractice payment amount by the patient’s age group


An explanation of the data and how it was analyzed

National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use Data File, December 2018, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Practitioner Data Bank.

In creating this report, we excluded information from the NPDB concerning areas outside the United States.

State data was determined by evaluating Work State where available, then Home State and Licensure State, in that order.

All “per capita” statistics reflect 2018 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau Population Division. Table 1 - Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States. Release Date: December 2018

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About LeverageRx

Who we are, what we do, and how you can contact us

LeverageRx is a digital lending and insurance marketplace for healthcare professionals. In addition to malpractice insurance, the online platform makes it simple to compare rates on physician mortgage loans, physician disability insurance, and other financial products for doctors.

Want to get in touch? Email [email protected] or call (402) 915-2045. Looking for more great malpractice insurance resources? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Medical Malpractice Insurance in 2019 and Annual Medical Malpractice Insurance Cost Analysis.

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