2016 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 13 - Offenses Against Person
Part 8 - Terrorism Prevention and Response Act of 2002
§ 39-13-811. Civil action available to victims.

TN Code § 39-13-811 (2016) What's This?

(a) Notwithstanding whether criminal prosecution is commenced, or a conviction is obtained for a violation of this part, a victim of a violation of this part shall have a civil cause of action against the person responsible for the violation for both economic and noneconomic damages, up to the limits provided in § 29-39-102, for any personal injury, death, or property damage proximately caused by the violation.

(b) If the victim prevails in the action, the victim shall be entitled to all necessary costs incurred in bringing the action, including reasonable attorney's fees, and shall be eligible for punitive damages up to the limits set in § 29-39-104.

(c) Notwithstanding § 28-3-104, an action under this section shall be commenced within five (5) years of the date the cause of action accrued.

(d) If the victim prevailed and is awarded a judgment for damages, the judgment shall be offset by any amount the victim actually receives from the proceeds of assets forfeited pursuant to § 39-13-810 or from the criminal injuries compensation fund. If the amount of damages the criminal court judge determines to be appropriate pursuant to § 39-13-810(d)(1) and the amount of any judgment awarded the victim pursuant to this section are different, for the purpose of determining the total amount of damages to which the victim is entitled, the higher amount shall prevail.

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