2307.88 Silicosis or mixed dust disease claim - tolling of statute of limitations - nonmalignant and cancer claims distinct.

(A) Notwithstanding any other provision of the Revised Code, with respect to any silicosis claim or mixed dust disease claim based upon a nonmalignant condition that is not barred as of the effective date of this section, the period of limitations shall not begin to run until the exposed person discovers, or through the exercise of reasonable diligence should have discovered, that the person has a physical impairment due to a nonmalignant condition. A silicosis claim or a mixed dust disease claim based upon a nonmalignant condition that is filed before the cause of action pursuant to this division arises is preserved for purposes of the period of limitations.

(B) A silicosis claim or a mixed dust disease claim that arises out of a nonmalignant condition shall be a distinct cause of action from a silicosis claim or a mixed dust disease claim, as the case may be, relating to the same exposed person that arises out of silica-related cancer or mixed dust-related cancer. No damages shall be awarded for fear or risk of cancer in any tort action asserting only a silicosis claim or a mixed dust disease claim for a nonmalignant condition.

(C) No settlement of a silicosis claim or a mixed dust disease claim for a nonmalignant condition that is concluded after the effective date of this section shall require, as a condition of settlement, the release of any future claim for silica-related cancer or mixed dust-related cancer.

Effective Date: 09-01-2004