The Supreme Court of Georgia has joined a federal appeals court in rejecting a challenge to a 1987 Georgia statute of limitations that makes it more difficult for plaintiffs to bring certain medical malpractice cases.

The justices split 5-2 over the issue in a decision issued late Friday afternoon. The majority upheld the statute that exempts most med-mal cases from the usual rule that allows the statute of limitations to be tolled for minors or those who are incapacitated due to mental disability.

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