Appellant Bitterman slipped and fell on the campus of Emory University on March 26, 1982. He filed suit against Emory on March 26, 1984, and now appeals from the trial court's dismissal of the action on the ground that the statute of limitation had expired.
1. Appellant acknowledges that a complaint for personal injury "shall be brought within two years after the right of action accrues . . ." OCGA 9-3-33
. However, he maintains that his cause of action was a continuing tort with the statute of limitation commencing on June 11, 1982. Alternatively, appellant argues that the statute of limitation may have commenced on March 26, 1982, but was tolled until June 11, 1982, when, he alleges, he first became aware of the nature of his injuries and the causal connection between them and his slip and fall incident.
Contrary to appellant's assertions, the statute of limitation was not tolled until he discovered the causal relationship between his injury and appellee's alleged misconduct. The "discovery rule" he attempts to use was adopted in Georgia to aid a plaintiff suffering a continuing tort, the cause of which he had recently discovered. See McAuley v. Wills, 251 Ga. 3 (1) (303 SE2d 258) (1983); King v. Seitzingers, Inc., supra. It is not a means by which a plaintiff may extend a statute of limitation by forestalling medical attention.
2. Appellant maintains that appellee's motion to dismiss was converted to a motion for summary judgment by the trial court's consideration of matters outside the pleadings, and argues that judgment should not have been rendered without giving appellant 30 days in which to respond. See OCGA 9-11-12
(c). Although the trial court stated that it had considered "the entire record on file" and our review shows the record contained interrogatories and answers thereto, a closer reading of the trial court's order reveals that the decision rendered was based solely on consideration of the pleadings, with all doubts resolved in favor of appellant. Inasmuch as the pleadings revealed appellee was clearly entitled to judgment, the trial court did not err in granting appellee's motion. Compare Seaboard C.L.R. Co. v. Dockery, 135 Ga. App. 540
, 543 (218 SE2d 263
Sidney F. Wheeler, Alan L. Newman, J. M. Hudgins, for appellee.