In Boley v. Knowles, the Missouri Supreme Court took a significant step in furthering a child's right to fully recover for medical injuries. The issue of who may recover medical expenses becomes complicated when statute of limitations questions arise. When the statute of limitations for the parents' cause of action is shorter than the statute of limitations for the child's cause of action, the problem of parents' circumventing the statute by waiver or assignment arises.' In Boley v. Knowles, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned prior Missouri case law allowing only parents to recover for their child's medical expenses. Under the new law of Missouri, a child may recover medical expenses even though the parent's claim for medical expenses may be barred by the statute of limitations
Mark A. Reiter,
Look Mom, I Can Do It on My Own: A Child's Independent Right to Recover Medical Expenses in Missouri,
61 Mo. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/mlr/vol61/iss3/8