I do not believe that there is a way to "get the statute of limitations lifted," in a potential civil rights violations matter. But, in any case, you just might have an action for legal malpractice suit against your (former) attorney. The best thing for you to do is to contact an attorney, so that they can assist you in determining your options at this point.
No. I don't believe so. The statute of limitation for state/ public entity claims is very strict. In California it is 6 months from date of incident (for personal injury), after you file your claim, the government has 45 days to respond. If the government agency denies your claim during the 45 days, you have 6 months to file a lawsuit in court from date the denial was mailed or personally delivered to you.
There is such thing as tolling statute but tolling does not usually apply to government claims. It sounds like you have a legal malpractice against your attorney. At least you have that...
Here are links to information regarding statute of limitation:
Please consult with another attorney for a second opinion.
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