Medical Sex Abuse

Breaking the Silence

What is the statute of limitations?

Statutes of limitations vary from state to state.  The statute of limitations can also vary based upon when you learn certain facts.  For example, a patient who was sexually abused by a doctor, and who later reads in the newspaper that the hospital had prior complaints against the doctor, may have a case against the hospital for which the statute of limitations did not begin to run until the patient read the article in the paper and learned of the hospital’s knowledge of those other allegations of sex abuse.

Additionally, if you were sexually abused when you were a minor, there may be a statute of limitations that extends well into adulthood.  For example, in Oregon, a child sex abuse statute of limitations (with various qualifying provisions and exceptions) extends until a child who was sexually abused reaches age 40.

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