Alaska Statute of Limitations
A cause of action for wrongful death accrues on the date of death and must be filed within two years of that date.
Personal Injury Actions
Personal injury actions must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. In Alaska, personal injury actions include medical malpractice and products liability claims. Alaska has a "discovery rule" that tolls the limitations period. Under that rule, the statute of limitations begins to run when the injured person discovers, or should have discovered, the existence of the cause of action. However, all actions must be brought within 10 years of the date of the injury, regardless of the application of the discovery rule.
Special Rules for Minors
Except in cases of wrongful death, in Alaska, the statute of limitations begins to run on the minor’s 18th birthday. However, the 10-year statute of repose still applies.
A workers compensation claim must be filed within two years of the date the employee knew the nature of the disability and its causal relationship to the employment. The maximum time for filing a claim, other than those involving an occupational disease, is four years from the date of injury. The right to compensation for death is barred unless a claim is filed within one year after the death.
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