(A) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a cause of action prescribes in one year after a defendant furnishes the illegal controlled substance or a cause of action accrues under this chapter when a person who may recover has reason to know of the harm from the use of an illegal controlled substance that is the basis for the cause of action and has reason to know that the use of an illegal controlled substance is the cause of the harm.

(B) Prescription against a defendant is suspended until one year after the individual potential defendant is convicted of a criminal offense involving an illegal controlled substance or as otherwise provided by law.

Terms Used In South Carolina Code 44-54-130

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Illegal controlled substance: means a controlled substance as defined and covered by Chapter 53 of Title 44, Poisons, Drugs, and Other Controlled Substances, Section 44-53-10, et seq. See South Carolina Code 44-54-30
  • Person: means a natural person, governmental entity, or corporation, partnership, firm, trust, or incorporated or unincorporated association, existing under or authorized by the laws of this State, another state, or a foreign country. See South Carolina Code 44-54-30