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Any action for personal injury or death against a physician or hospital must be filed within two years from the date the claimant knew or reasonably should have known of the injury. In no instance may a claimant bring an action more than four years after the date on which the alleged act or omission occurred. If the claimant was under the age of eight when the cause of action accrued, the limitation period for filing suit is eight years from the date of the alleged negligence. In no event may a lawsuit be filed after the minor claimant`s twentysecond birthday. If the claimant is mentally incompetent, the period of limitations does not begin to run until the disability is removed.
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