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(a) All claims or demands against the Town of Fairmont arising in tort or in contract shall be presented to the board of commissioners in writing, signed by the claimant, his attorney or agent, within ninety (90) days after the claim or demand is due or the cause of action accrues, and no suit or action shall be brought thereon within thirty (30) days or after the expiration of twelve (12) months from the time said claim or demand is so presented. Unless the claim or demand is so presented within ninety (90) days after the cause of action accrues, and unless suit is brought within twelve (12) months thereafter, any action thereon is barred.
(b) No action shall be instituted against the town on account of damages to or compensation for real property taken or used by the town for any public purpose, or for the ejectment of the town therefrom, or to remove a cloud upon the title thereof, unless, within two (2) years after such alleged use, the owner, his executor, administrator, guardian, or next friend, shall have given notice in writing to the board of commissioners of the claim, stating in the notice the date that the alleged use commenced, a description of property alleged to have been used, and the amount of the damage or compensation claimed.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, if a complainant suffers from physical or mental incapacity that renders it impossible for him to give notice, his action shall not be barred if notice of claim is given by him or on his behalf within six (6) months after the termination of his incapacity; provided, that minority shall not of itself constitute physical or mental incapacity. If the complainant is a minor, his action shall not be barred if notice of claim is given on his behalf within three (3) years after the happening or the infliction of the injury complained of; or, if the minor suffers from physical or mental incapacity that renders it impossible for him to give notice, his action shall not be barred if notice of claim is given on his behalf within six (6) months after termination of the incapacity, or within three (3) years after the happening or the infliction of the injury complained of, whichever is the longer period. The town may at any time request the appointment of a next friend to represent any person having a potential claim against the town and known to be suffering from physical or mental incapacity.