A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday drew a bright line around the state’s statute of repose for medical malpractice claims, ruling in separate cases that an absolute four-year deadline to bring an action applies to both wrongful death claims and derivative claims that stem from alleged negligence by medical providers.

“We reiterate here that R.C. 2305.113(C) is a true statute of repose and that it means what it says,” the majority decision says.


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