What Are Non-Economic Damages Under Connecticut Law When the Victim Dies as a Result of the Medical Malpractice?
In Connecticut, the harms, injuries and losses suffered by the Estate of the deceased person are broken down into two distinct categories, as established by Connecticut General Statutes § 52-527h (a): Economic Damages and Non-economic Damages; and also Connecticut General Statute § 52-555, Actions for injuries resulting in death.
In the context of a wrongful death medical malpractice claim, the phrase "Non-economic Damages" means "compensation ... for all nonpecuniary losses including, but not limited to, physical pain and suffering and mental and emotional suffering...." Connecticut General Statutes § 52-572h (a). For additional examples of non-economic losses that fall into this category, see "A Person's Estate can Recover Compensation for All Non-Economic Damages For Wrongful Death Caused by A Medical Malpractice."
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