TORT REFORM AND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
How Does Tort Reform Affect a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Tort reform refers to regulations inside the civil justice system which place limits on the amount of compensation a plaintiff can seek as part of a personal injury or medical malpractice claim.
Individuals who may support tort reform often include:
- Healthcare Providers
- Healthcare Facilities
- Insurance Companies
Connecticut Medical Malpractice Reform
In Connecticut, potential damages resulting from personal injury claims are classified into one of 2 categories:
- Economic Damages: These damages apply to actual losses including medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages.
- Non-Economic Damages: These damages apply to pain and suffering, emotional distress, and losses in quality of life.
In the state of Connecticut, many physicians seek a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims. A cap on damages would limit the amount of compensation an injury victim could collect in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Physicians may seek to limit these damages because they cannot effectively be quantified and may add considerably to the total amount of losses an injured person may claim.
Tort reform can limit your ability to collect fair compensation for your injuries. At Carter Mario Law Firm, we will fight for the full amount of damages you are owed for your injuries — whether those damages are economic or non-economic.