You’re thinking about pursuing a career in medicine, the possibility of getting sued for medical malpractice has probably crossed your mind (and if you’re considering a new doctor, you likely want to know his or her track record). According to a survey from the American Medical Association released in 2010, over 60 percent of doctors age 55 and older have been sued at least once in their career. That’s a scary statistic for aspiring doctors to hear. But as the map above shows, doctors are more likely to face this problem in some parts of the country than in others.
For its infographic, the career resource site Zippia used information from the National Practitioner Data Bank to calculate which states had the greatest number of malpractice suits in 2015. Louisiana had the highest rate of lawsuits, with 44.1 per 100,000 residents. Oklahoma wasn’t far behind with 36.3 suits, followed by Delaware with 35.2.
*The National Practitioner Data Bank cited actually reports the number of payouts made not the number of lawsuits filed.