Can I file a lawsuit if I volunteer at a business and was injured when I slipped on the floor?

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Can I file a lawsuit if I volunteer at a business and was injured when I slipped on the floor?

This happened about 3 months ago and I don’t have any insurance nor does the business itself. I do have multiple witnesses as well. Would I have a lawsuit or is it to late? I still work up there at least 30 hours a week not including what I do from home.

Asked on April 15, 2015 under Personal Injury, Tennessee

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It is not too late to file your lawsuit.  TN has a one year statute of limitations in a personal injury case.  This means your lawsuit must be filed before the one year anniversary of your injury.

When you complete your medical treatment and are released by the doctor or are declared by the doctor to be permanent and stationary, which means having reached a point in your medical treatment where no further improvement is anticipated, obtain your medical bills, medical reports, and if applicable, documentation of wage loss from other employment.

Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your injury and will be used to determine compensation for pain and suffering, which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.

Your damages (the amount of compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit for premises liability) should include compensation for the medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, and if applicable, compensation for wage loss.

Whether or not you have completed your medical treatment or been declared permanent and stationary, your lawsuit must be filed prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.

 

 


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