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Riccio v. Bristol Hospital, Inc.

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Court: Connecticut Supreme Court

Docket: SC20529

Opinion Date: February 15, 2022

Judge: Andrew J. McDonald

Areas of Law: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

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The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court concluding that the accidental failure of suit statute, Conn. Gen. Stat. 52-592, did not save the otherwise time-barred action of Plaintiff, executrix of the estate of Theresa Riccio, holding that there was no error.

The trial court concluded that Plaintiff’s wrongful death action was time-barred because her first medical malpractice action was dismissed due to her attorney’s gross negligence for failing to file with the complaint legally sufficient medical opinion letters, as required by Conn. Gen. Stat. 52-190a(a) and two appellate court decisions interpreting section 52-190a(a). The appellate court dismissed the appeal, concluding that the action was time-barred. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the trial court did not err in determining that the omission of the experts’ qualifications was egregious conduct rather than a matter of form or mistake.

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