May 1, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:14 pm

Medical malpractice reform law passes Senate

The state senate has passed a bill aimed at reforming Connecticut's medical malpractice laws.

Senate Bill 243, which passed the Senate by 32-3 margin, would require the plaintiff or their attorney in a medical malpractice lawsuit to obtain a written opinion substantiating their malpractice claim-a "certificate of merit"- from a similar health care provider within the same specialty as the defendant.

If the plaintiff cannot obtain a certificate from a provider, they may obtain one from a different provider the court concludes has sufficient training, education, knowledge and expertise to comment on the treatment in question under the case.

If a certificate of merit is dismissed in court, the plaintiff would be allowed 45 days to bring a new certificate of merit to resuscitate their case.

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