Hello, I was assaulted by a hospital worker after a heart catheterization in 2005. A judge awarded me $35,000 in which was never paid. I contacted my lawyer to ask if he was keeping up on that issue and he stated yes, however I never received the money owed to me. The hospital worker was charged with gross sexual imposition while substance impaired. Can you tell me what the statute of limitation is for a case that was won but no one ever paid?
A judgment in your favor can be enforced for 5 years from the day it was granted. It can then be effective for another 5-year period if you file some paperwork in the court that granted it. As you can see, getting the judgment is only the first step. It can be harder to collect it, especially if the defendant has no assets such as a home, vehicle, bank account, or job. I'll assume your lawyer didn't add the hospital into the lawsuit, because that should have been easy money to collect.
You need to discuss with your lawyer what actions he's taken so far to try to collect, and what he thinks are going to be your chances of collecting anything from this guy. I wish you luck with this!
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