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What should you know about the statute of limitations?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

In Connecticut, residents have the right to sue corporations, companies or individuals if they feel they have been harmed or injured by them. One important thing to know is that there is often a statute of limitations that limits how much time can pass between an accident and a lawsuit.

A statute of limitations may be in place because evidence can deteriorate over time. The statute is often longer in criminal cases than it is in civil cases.

What is the statute for medical malpractice?

For those injured by the mistake of a healthcare professional, the effects can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, the right to sue for compensation for those injuries does not last as long. In the state of Connecticut, residents have two years to file a lawsuit for a medical malpractice claim.

What is the statute for sexual abuse?

According to the Office of Legislative Research, the criminal statute of limitations in the state of Connecticut for sexual abuse changed during the 2019 legislative session. For civil cases where the victim is under the age of 21, there is no statute of limitations if the charge if 1st-degree sexual assault or 1st-degree aggravated assault. The changes give the victim until they are 51 to file an action against an abuser.

What is the statute for personal injury?

The statute for personal injury cases mimics the one for medical malpractice, in that people have two years to file a civil action from the date an injury occurs. The law allows for certain exceptions based on the type of injury, how it was caused and who caused it.

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