CONNECTICUT

Negligence / Personal Injury
2 Years

No action to recover damages for injury to the person, or to real or personal property, caused by negligence, or by reckless or wanton misconduct, or by malpractice of a physician, surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, hospital or sanatorium, shall be brought but within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered, and except that no such action may be brought more than three years from the date of the act or omission complained of, except that a counterclaim may be interposed in any such action any time before the pleadings in such action are finally closed. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-584

Toxic Tort
2 Years No action to recover damages for personal injury or property damage caused by exposure to a hazardous chemical substance or mixture or hazardous pollutant released into the environment shall be brought within two years from the date when the injury or damage complained of is discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. §52-577c(b); See alsoCaprio v. Upjohn Co., 148 F. Supp. 2d 168, 172-73 (D. Conn. 2001).
Wrongful Death
2 Years (a) In any action surviving to or brought by an executor or administrator for injuries resulting in death, whether instantaneous or otherwise, such executor or administrator may recover from the party legally at fault for such injuries just damages together with the cost of reasonably necessary medical, hospital and nursing services, and including funeral expenses, provided no action shall be brought to recover such damages and disbursements but within two years from the date of death, and except that no such action may be brought more than five years from the date of the act or omission complained of. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-555
Medical Malpractice
2 Years No action to recover damages for injury to the person, or to real or personal property, caused by negligence, or by reckless or wanton misconduct, or by malpractice of a physician, surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, hospital or sanatorium, shall be brought but within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered, and except that no such action may be brought more than three years from the date of the act or omission complained of, except that a counterclaim may be interposed in any such action any time before the pleadings in such action are finally closed. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-584

Action must be brought within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered. Taylor v. Winsted Memorial Hospital, 817 A. 2d 619, 625 (Conn. 2003).
Malpractice (Other Professions)
2 Years from date of injury or discovery, but no more than 3 years from date of malpractice
Products Liability
3 Years

(a) No product liability claim, as defined in section 52-572m, shall be brought but within three years from the date when the injury, death or property damage is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered, except that, subject to the provisions of subsections (c), (d) and (e) of this section, no such action may be brought against any party nor may any party be impleaded pursuant to subsection (b) of this section later than ten years from the date that the party last parted with possession or control of the product. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-577a

Discovery:

No product liability claim shall be brought but within three years from the date when the injury, death or property damage is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-577a(a) and Collin v. Securi Intern, 322 F.Supp. 2d 170, 173 (D. Conn. 2004).

Statue of Repose - (a) No product liability claim, as defined in section 52-572m, shall be brought but within three years from the date when the injury, death or property damage is first sustained or discovered or in the exercise of reasonable care should have been discovered, except that, subject to the provisions of subsections (c), (d) and (e) of this section, no such action may be brought against any party nor may any party be impleaded pursuant to subsection (b) of this section later than ten years from the date that the party last parted with possession or control of the product. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-577a

Intentional Torts
Fraud
3 Years No action founded upon a tort shall be brought but within three years from the date of the act or omission complained of. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-577

Limitations period for fraud may be tolled by fraudulent concealment; "…a reasonable inference that a defendant's acts of concealment were aimed at delaying or preventing legal action is a recognized basis upon which to toll the statute of limitations." Fenn v. Yale University, 283 F. Supp. 2d 615, 636-38 (D. Conn. 2003).
Municipal Liability/Sovereign Immunity
2 Years (with a 90 day notice requirement) for defective roads and bridges and 2 yrs (with a 6 month notice requirement) for actions against municipality for negligence of most employees. However, under CGS7-308, there is a one year SOL for cases involving the negligence of municipal firemen (paid or volunteer), and volunteer ambulance workers (with a 6 month notice requirement).
Discovery Rule
See specific rules above.
Comparative Negligence
Pure comparative negligence applies and plaintiff's damages are reduced by degree of plaintiff's fault. Contributory or comparative negligence cannot bar recovery in strict liability.
Charitable Immunity
No charitable immunity.
Disabilities
No toll for infancy. 7 year maximum for absence or concealment by defendant. 1 year for death of plaintiff if SOL has not expired.
Damages
For damages over $200,000, parties may agree to payment schedule or court will order lump sum payment.
Punitive Damages
Allowed in specified circumstances only.
No-Fault Insurance
None
Consumer Fraud Complaint

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