as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2020 08:29am
A bill for an act
relating to civil actions; modifying time limit for bringing health care provider
actions; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 541.076.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 541.076, is amended to read:
(a) For purposes of this section, "health care provider" means a physician, surgeon,
dentist, occupational therapist, other health care professionals as defined in section 145.61,
hospital, or treatment facility.
(b) An action by a patient or former patient against a health care provider alleging
malpractice, error, mistake, or failure to cure, whether based on a contract or tort, must be
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(c) A counterclaim may be pleaded as a defense to any action for services brought by a
health care provider after the limitations described in this section, notwithstanding it is
barred by the provisions of this chapter, if the counterclaim belonged to the party pleading
it at the time it became barred and was not barred at the time the claim sued on originated,
but no judgment on the counterclaim except for costs can be rendered in favor of the party
so pleading it.
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