How Long Do I Have To Sue After An Auto Accident?
After an accident, your first priority is to get well. Your concern is your family and their well-being. If someone is injured, your last thought is about compensation. It is focusing on their recovery. This is fully understandable, but unfortunately after an accident your time for seeking compensation is limited.
A Nashville auto accident lawyer explains, according to Tennessee Statutes section 28-3-104 a victim has a year to file claim after an accident involving personal injury. For an accident involving property or vehicle damage, the law is more lenient allowing claims to be filed up to 3 years after the date of the accident. While it easy to let the time slip away when focusing on you or your family’s recovery, it is important to make note of these dates. In the event that you miss the filing deadline, it’s highly unlikely a court will agree to hear your case.
There is an exception for minors and those deemed of unsound mind. Under statute 28-1-106, the person or a representative is entitled to file suit up to a year after turning 18 or the removal of the disability.
In the event that that your accident was caused by a government employee, for instance an accident involving a city bus, your time is even more limited. In this instance, you will need to file an administrative claim seeking injury related compensation as soon as possible after the incident.
Tennessee law is complicated and contacting an attorney after your accident can allow you to focus on knowing that your case is being handled. Missing an important deadline can result in devastating consequences to your civil action. Contact us for a free consultation. Our lawyers receive no fee unless you get paid.