What is the Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice Claims in Connecticut?
Maybe a new physician has diagnosed you with breast cancer, a full year after the first doctor you saw dismissed your concerns and said that the lumps you’d detected were nothing but cysts. Maybe your obstetrician didn’t believe you were in labor and your child was born prematurely, and it took a year before you could see the impact of the prematurity. Or maybe you know that your physician’s carelessness was the result of an injury, but you’ve been so wrapped up in recovering that you just haven’t had the time to see a lawyer. Whatever the reason, if you suspect that an injury that you or someone you love has suffered was the result of medical malpractice, you need to know the statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims in Connecticut so that you can be sure to file a lawsuit in time. The medical malpractice attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers have all the information you need to make sure that your rights are protected.
A statute of limitations is a limit on the amount of time that can go by between when an incident happens and when you file a civil lawsuit. In medical malpractice cases, that means either how long between – for example – when you realize that a surgery went wrong and when you file the lawsuit. It’s important to note that the clock does not necessarily start ticking on the date of surgery: rather, it is based upon either the date of the surgery or when the plaintiff discovers or should reasonably have discovered the injury. The longest that Connecticut allows to go by is three years after the date of the negligent act. Though this may seem like it imposes a big obligation on the person who has suffered an injury and who needs to focus on getting better, but there are good reasons for statute of limitations to exist. Having these limits in place not only gives you a better chance of having reliable evidence and witness testimony, but also keeps potential defendants from always having the potential of a lawsuit being filed against them. It also makes sure that they are aware within a reasonable amount of time that they have may have hurt somebody through their own negligence, action or inaction.
The bottom line is that if you suspect or know that you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice and have been putting off taking action, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with a medical malpractice attorney from Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. We will advise you as to how much time you have left or whether you need to take immediate action. It’s also important to remember that even if you think too much time has gone by, there are certain arguments that may be made that give you more time. Contact our office as soon as possible to get the answers you need.