Connecticut Medical Malpractice Laws

The court is required to review a verdict in excess of $1 million for noneconomic damages to determine if it is excessive as a matter of law. The statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury but not later than three years from the incident. Modified several liability applies: each defendant is liable for his/her percentage of fault; however, if any portion of the judgment is uncollectable within one year, the court may reallocate the liability for that portion of the judgment to the other defendants in proportion to their fault. Attorney fees may not exceed one-third of the first $300,000, 25% of the next $300,000, 20% of the next $300,000, 15% of the next $300,000, and 10% of the amount exceeding $1.2 million. No requirement for an affidavit or certificate of merit. Expert must be a similar health care provider as the defendant or the court must be satisfied that the expert is sufficiently qualified to render an expert opinion.

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