Brief Fact Summary. Crumpton (Plaintiff) filed suit against a nurse and the hospital for injuries sustained when the nurse improperly lowered Plaintiff’s hospital bed. The District Court of Lea County (New Mexico) granted summary judgment for Defendants, citing that the statute of limitations had run. Plaintiff appealed.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The statute of limitations commences running from the date of the injury or the date of the alleged malpractice.
Issue. Does the statute of limitations toll while parties are engaged in settlement negotiations?
Held. No. In most jurisdictions, a three-year statute of limitations commences from the date of injury. The Supreme Court of New Mexico upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment, finding Plaintiff’s appeal “to be frivolous and entirely without merit.”
The injury is done when the act heralding a possible tort inflicts a damage which is physically objective and ascertainable.View Full Point of Law