Millington, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

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?

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Lawrence James Arnkoff

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: 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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