In a recent medical malpractice lawsuit, McMaster v. Dewitt and Carolina Psychiatric Services, SC Ct. App. (2014), the South Carolina Court of Appeals rendered a decision on the common issue of whether the statute of limitations had run or not, thus precluding the claim.
In the case, the plaintiff was treated by a physician for Adult Attention Deficit Disorder, for which he was prescribed Adderall. Sometime thereafter, the plaintiff was involuntarily committed to a hospital “in a delusional and paranoid state.” Following his discharge, the doctor stopped prescribing the medication to the plaintiff. Roughly a month later, the plaintiff was again admitted to the hospital, for the same reason. Some three years later, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the doctor, and his practice, alleging that he negligently overprescribed him Adderall, which led to his psychosis and subsequent hospitalization. His complaint only mentioned the second hospitalization incident.