Overview of the Statute of Limitations in Tennessee
If you were wrongfully injured in Nashville, or anywhere else throughout the state, it is important to keep in mind that your case will be subject to a statute of limitations. This means that you will have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim against the liable party. Unlike most other states that give accident victims at least two years to pursue a civil lawsuit, the statute of limitations in Tennessee requires most personal injury claims to be filed within one year of the accident – per Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 28-3-104. However, this is not a steadfast rule.
The statute of limitations may vary in length, depending on the type of case that you file:
- Personal Injury: 1 year from the date of the accident
- Product Liability: 1 year from the date of the accident
- Property Damage: 3 years from the date of the accident
- Wrongful Death: 1 year from the date of the death
- Breach of Contract: 6 years from the date of the breach
- Legal Malpractice: 1 year from the date of the incident
What if the Statute of Limitations Has Expired?
Typically, you would be barred from recovering compensation if the statute of limitations has expired. For this reason, it is crucial that you discuss your case with a Nashville injury lawyer from Bill Easterly & Associates, as soon as you have been injured. In doing so, you can ensure that you leave yourself with enough time to not only file your claim, but gather all information and documentation necessary to build an effective case against the opposing party. The sooner you get in touch with our firm, the sooner we can get started on investigating your claim.
What if My Injuries Weren’t Discovered Right Away?
In some cases, it is not possible for a person to uncover the cause of their injuries right away, or even realize that they have suffered an injury. For example, a patient might not discover that a medical instrument had been left inside of their body during a surgical procedure until a year later. In this case, the statute of limitations may be extended under the “discovery rule.” The clock would start running as soon as the injury was discovered, rather than when it was inflicted. There are also exceptions to this rule, so you should move quickly to get started on your case.
Don’t Wait to Act – Contact Us Now for a Free Case Review
When it comes to matters of personal injury, time is of the essence. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to get in touch with a Nashville personal injury lawyer at Bill Easterly & Associates, as soon as possible. Not only do we offer more than two decades of collective legal experience, but we have already recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.
Call now to find out how we can do the same for you! We have handled thousands of personal injury claims over the last 25 years, and we accept cases on a contingency fee basis – which means that you won’t be expected to pay any fees unless we win your case. We offer skilled counsel at a cost that our clients can afford, so you have nothing to lose by getting started.
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