The law says that the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Ohio involving a minor begins to when the child turns eighteen. This means that the child must provide a notice of intent to file a medical malpractice suit within one year of turning eighteen or within one year after turning eighteen and having a foreign object left in the child’s body that was discovered or should have been discovered. This does not mean that the patient’s parent or guardian is prohibited from filing a lawsuit on the child’s behalf before the child turns eighteen. But, if a parent files a lawsuit on a child’s behalf, the child cannot again file a lawsuit after they turn eighteen.
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