Compromise reached on law extending time to file medical malpractice suit for a missed cancer diagnosis

The agreed-upon final version of what is known as "Lavern's Law" provides that the 2 1/2 year statute of limitations runs from the date plaintiff knew or should have known of the negligence, rather than the date when the alleged negligence occurred.  The law, which only applies to malpractice cases involving cancers or malignant tumors, also includes an outer limit of seven years from the date of occurrence.

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