Linda C. Ashar


IN OLIVER V. KAISER COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION the Ohio Supreme Court adopted the discovery standard for medical malpractice actions, which are subject to Ohio's one-year statute of limitations. In Oliver the court held that a medical malpractice cause of action "accrues and the statute of limitations commences to run when the patient discovers, or in the exercise of reasonable care and diligence should have discovered, the resulting injury." Shortly after Oliver, the court applied the discovery rule to legal malpractice cases in Skidmore & Hall v. Rottman. The discovery standard replaces Ohio's previously judicially adopted rule of termination of the professional relationship as the accrual point for malpractice claims