In both Missouri and Kansas, there is a time limit—called the statute of limitations—to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In Missouri, an adult has two years from the date of the negligent treatment to bring suit. If the negligence resulted in death, the plaintiff has three years from the date of the death to file his or her lawsuit. If the negligence was against a minor, that child has 10 years from the date of injury or two years from his or her 18th birthday, whichever is later.
In Kansas, an adult has two years from the date when the injury becomes “reasonably ascertainable.” Likewise, if the negligence resulted in death, an individual has two years from the date of the death.
For minors, the limitations period begins one year after his or her 18th birthday, or eight years after the time of the act giving rise to the cause of action, whichever is earlier.