What is the statute of limitations on medical malpractice suits?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital, fails to provide adequate care to a patient, resulting in injury or harm. In Connecticut, there is a time limit within which a defendant can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit to court. This limit is the statute of limitations. It’s important to understand how it works and how it can affect your case.

What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits?

In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits is generally two years from the date when the injury was first discovered, or you or your doctor should have discovered it. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule, such as cases involving minors or cases where the healthcare provider committed fraud or intentional misconduct. Additionally, there is a maximum time limit of three years from the date of the alleged malpractice, regardless of when the injury was discovered.

What happens if you miss the statute of limitations?

If you try to file a medical malpractice lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, the court will likely dismiss your case. This means you will not be able to recover damages for your injuries, no matter how severe they may be. Therefore, it is important to act quickly if you believe you have been affected by medical malpractice.

The right to seek compensation

Understanding the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits in Connecticut is vital if you believe you have faced medical negligence. While the time limit may seem strict, it is important to remember that every case is unique, and there are certain exceptions that may apply to your case.