Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Tennessee

Q: Four years ago, my mother made me have a bath naked with two 12-year-old girls when I was 14 years old, can I sue?

I'm 18 and male. Four years ago when I was 14, my mother was going to visit her friend who lived in the countryside for a few days and she took me with her. While we were walking over to her friend's house, I slipped and fell in the mud. When we arrived at her friend's house, my mother asked her friend if I could have a bath and have my clothes washed and dried. My mother's friend said that her daughters were going to be having a bath and that I could join them. I refused this but my mother told her friend that I would take the bath. My mother made me put all of my clothes including my underwear into the laundry bin and she made me go into the bathroom. A few minutes after this, her friend's two 12-year-old daughters came into the bathroom in swimsuits and we had to have a bath. Can I sue my mother?

1 Lawyer Answer

A: Generally, you cannot successfully sue someone unless their actions or inactions caused you to suffer actual legally compensable injuries. Your question does not mention any such injuries, and it is difficult to imagine how the facts you describe would likely result in any such injury.

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