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For civil lawsuits arising out of assault and battery, the statute of limitations in North Carolina is 1 year. This means you must either resolve the claim through a settlement or file a lawsuit before that one year is up or your claim is gone.
For medical malpractice actions (professional negligence), the suit must be brought within three years from the date of the last act of the defendant giving rise to the cause of action or within one year of the date when the injury was or should have been discovered, but not more than four years from the date of the last act of defendant giving rise to the cause of action.
If you are planning on filing a civil suit against a doctor for battery and/or medical malpractice, I would highly recommend you seek the assistance of an attorney. Medical malpractice actions have numerous technical requirements that would be difficult for someone without legal experience to handle on their own.
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"Battery" is three years from the date of the incident. If the battery was in the context of medical treatment is is a medical malpractice action and not a battery claim. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice is more complicated but is not less than three years from the date of the incident. However, there because it is medical malpractice, there are more things that need to be done before filing a complaint so you should see an attorney as soon as possible.
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You should consult with a local personal injury attorney in the state where this occurred. If the unlawful touching (battery) occurred in a medical treatment setting, it will probably be governed by the medical malpractice statute of limitations. (Medical malpractice statute of limitations are often shorter than limitation periods for other torts.) Otherwise, it may be governed by the general tort statute of limitations in your state relating to simple batteries. More information would be needed to give you a more definitive answer. Consult with an attorney in your area as soon as possible.
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