Lawmakers target state deadline for injury claims

10:36 am | February 19, 2013

A Johnson City man hopes his pain will play a role in bringing about relief for ailing residents across the state.

After a crash in October 2009 that aggravated a previous neck injury, Robert English faced orthopedic surgery and nine months of rehabilitation therapy.

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His extensive medical care racked up more than $2,000 in bills that he said the insurance company representing the commercial trucking company promised would be paid once the lien was resolved with Medicare.

But a year after the crash, an insurance representative informed him that Tennessee’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims had run out, and there would be no compensation.

English later discovered that Tennessee, with a one-year statute of limitations, is tied with only two other states for the shortest time to file a personal injury claim.

Once he gave up hope that the cost of the medical care would be reimbursed, he resolved to do everything he could to ensure that what he viewed as a “gross injustice” was corrected.

Starting in late 2010, English targeted attorneys, lawmakers, Medicare representatives and even the president of the involved insurance company, hoping to prevent others from finding themselves in similar situations.

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