South Ozone Park, NY asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for New York

Q: Can I sue a former Romantic Partner for Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Negligence in New York?

2 Lawyer Answers
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: YES, so long as this happened fairly recently in the past, which it did, and there are difference statutes of limitations for many of the torts (civil crimes basically) she committed against you. For example, assault and/or battery must be brought within ONE year, while you have THREE years to bring a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress, etc.

One of the best claims you have against her is for defamation (libel/slander). When you say "She would always tell people nasty things about me, which werent true" is basically the textbook definition of defamation.

So yes, you do have a lawsuit and would probably win on liability...the question is what are the damages? You will need to speak to an attorney in depth to see if they are significant enough at warrant bringing an action on contingency...regardless, however, if you want to pay hourly...pick an attorney and sue her b/c you have a liability case...just one in search of damages.

Truly Yours,

Aubrey C. Galloway III, Esq.

(914)-912-1555

AG3LAW.COM

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in New York

A: It sounds like you can sue for defamation and assault and battery. See: https://www.nycourts.gov/courthelp/GoingToCourt/SOLchart.shtml

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