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Connecticut bill would expand ability for kids to file suits

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HARTFORD — Connecticut is moving closer toward providing minors who’ve been injured with additional time to file lawsuits.

The Senate voted 24-10 Thursday in favor of legislation that would allow a minor injured due to malpractice or negligence to bring action until age 19 or within seven years after the injury occurred.

Minors now have until age 18 or within two years after an injury to file a lawsuit.

The proposal has been opposed by health care providers and the Connecticut State Medical Society, which waged a campaign urging lawmakers to reject it. They contend the bill makes it more difficult for physicians to practice here.

The bill now moves to the House. It’s backed by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Sen. Eric Coleman said nearly all states have a similar provision.