How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Tennessee?


We know it can be easy to put off filing a personal injury claim. Doctor’s appointments, recovery and life can get in the way, but it’s important to file a personal injury claim soon after the injury has occurred. In Tennessee, generally the statue of limitations for personal injury is only one year from the time of injury or negligent act.

Because of the statute of limitations within which you must file a claim and for numerous other reasons, you should not wait for months before you consult with an attorney.

Make sure you talk to a lawyer right after the accident or injury occurs. There are a few things to consider when choosing a personal injury lawyer. Many individuals make the mistake of trying to speak with a lawyer just prior to the running of the statute of limitations, but that will seriously jeopardize your case. There is a lot of information lawyers must gather in order to get the case ready and it cannot happen in 24 hours. They need to time to gather information and build a viable case.

In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for personal injury is short. Make sure to remember this if you or a loved one are involved in an accident or suffer an injury from a negligent act and file your claim within one year of the injury.