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Connecticut Medical Liability/Malpractice Statutes of Limitation
All states have set deadlines for when a patient may file a civil claim, known as statutes of limitation, for medical liability and malpractice claims. The majority of the states have special provisions regarding the time limits for minors to file medical liability and malpractice claims. Twenty-two states have special provisions regarding foreign objects.
Conn. Gen. Stat. §52-584 Two years from date of injury, but no later than three years of the act or omission.
Connecticut Medical Liability/Medical Malpractice Laws
Damage Award Limit or Cap
§52-228c. If the jury renders a verdict specifying noneconomic damages in an amount exceeding $1 million, the court shall review the evidence presented to the jury to determine if the amount of noneconomic damages specified in the verdict is excessive as a matter of law in that it so shocks the sense of justice as to compel the conclusion that the jury was influenced by partiality, prejudice, mistake or corruption. If the court so concludes, it shall order a remittitur and, upon failure of the party so ordered to remit the amount ordered by the court, it shall set aside the verdict and order a new trial.
Limits on Attorney Fees
§52-251c. Sliding scale, not to exceed an amount equal to a percentage of 33-1/3 percent of first $300,000; 25 percent of next $300,000; 20 percent of next $300,000; 15 percent of next $300,000; and 10 percent of damages exceeding $1.2 million. A claimant may waive the percentage limitations of said subsection if the claim or civil action is so substantially complex, unique or different from other wrongful death, personal injury or property damage claims or civil actions as to warrant a deviation from such percentage limitations.
§52-225d. If the amount of recoverable economic and recoverable noneconomic damages exceeds $200,000, the court shall provide the parties 60 days to negotiate and consent to an agreement to be incorporated into an amended judgment to provide for the payment of all such damages remaining in excess of $200,000 in a lump sum or in periodic installment payments or in any combination thereof. If the court enters judgment for periodic installment payments and a claimant dies before the end of the period during which such periodic installment payments are to be made, the obligation of the defendant(s) to make such periodic installment payments shall not cease until the remaining financial obligation of the defendant(s) has, in accordance with an order of a court having jurisdiction in the matter, been paid into the estate of the claimant in periodic installment payments or distributed to the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the estate as such court may direct and such distribution shall be binding as to any party making periodic installment payments hereunder.
Patient Compensation or Injury Fund
Medical or Peer Review Panels
§19a-17b. Peer review