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Medical malpractice claims for injury or death must be brought within two years after the plaintiff discovers, or through the use of reasonable diligence should have discovered, the injury, but in any event no more than six years after the date of the alleged act or omission causing the injury or death. This sixyear time limitation is tolled for any period during which the negligent party has failed to disclose any act, error or omission upon which the action is based and which is known to the party. Lawsuits on behalf of minors must be commenced within six years from the date of the wrongful act, unless the child is under the age of ten, in which case the action need only be commenced within six years from the date of injury or by the child`s tenth birthday, whichever is later. The statute also allows the time limitation to be tolled during any period when the child`s injury could not have been discovered through the use of reasonable diligence. With respect to claimants who are insane or imprisoned, the statutory time does not begin to run until the disability is removed.
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