Q: I was the victim of a crime last year on Feb 1st. The criminal case is still ongoing. How long do I have to sue in TN?
My leg was severely broken by someone. I had to have surgery to have my leg repaired. I will have issues forever because of this. The district attorney has been handling my case and I was under the impression that I had to let the criminal case unfold before filing suit against him. Am I too late being that the year has passed even though the criminal case is still going?
Your question seems to be has the statute of limitations run on your possible civil claim.
I would need to know if your leg was broken negligently or as a result of an intentional act.
I recommend you find an experienced negligence attorney to help you determine if you have
a compensable injury and if so has the statute of limitations passed. Don't assume that since
a year has passed that the SOL has expired. Consult an attorney. Whether you have a civil
cause of action or not the Judge in the criminal proceedings is required to impose a restitution order
for your damages. Collecting it is another issue. Good luck.
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