Except as otherwise provided by law, a person may not bring an action (1) for libel, slander, assault, battery, seduction, or false imprisonment, (2) for personal injury or death, or injury to the rights of another not arising on contract and not specifically provided otherwise; (3) for taking, detaining, or injuring personal property, including an action for its specific recovery; (4) upon a statute for a forfeiture or penalty to the state; or (5) upon a liability created by statute, other than a penalty or forfeiture; unless the action is commenced within two years of the accrual of the cause of action. Alaska Stat. Ann. § 09.10.070.
The statute of limitations does not begin to run until the plaintiff discovers, or reasonably should have discovered, the existence of all elements essential to the cause of action. Pederson v. Zielski, 822 P.2d 903, 906-07 (Alaska 1991).
An action for damages for an injury arising out of the rendering of or failure to render professional services by a health care provider, as defined in § 3-2A-01 of this article, shall be filed within the earlier of:
(1) Five years of the time the injury was committed; or
(2) Three years of the date the injury was discovered. Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109
Right of action for injury or damage for medical malpractice may accrue when patient knows or should know he has suffered injury or damage; if it is impossible for him, as layman unskilled in medicine, reasonably to understand or appreciate that actionable harm has been done him, he has statutory limitation period from moment of discovery, when he knows or should know he has cause of action, within which to sue. Waldman v. Rohrbaugh, 241 Md. 137 (1966).
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