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Awards in malpractice lawsuits paid out roughly $690 million in New York last year, nearly twice that of second-ranked Pennsylvania, which saw $357 million in payouts, according to government data compiled by Diederich Healthcare, a medical malpractice insurer based in Carbondale, IL.
New York is also the clear leader on per capita payouts, averaging $39 per resident, with Pennsylvania trailing at $25 per resident, the report says.
Payouts overall rose 4.7% between 2012 and 2013 to $3.7 billion, according to the insurer’s research.