What is the Statute of Limitations for a Tennessee Personal Injury Claim?
After an accident in Tennessee, an injury victim only has a certain period of time to file a claim for damages against those responsible for their harm. Known as the statute of limitations, if a lawsuit is not filed within this time period the victim can be completely barred from collecting any compensation for their injuries. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your interests after an accident and ensure that your lawsuit is filed in a timely manner. At the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of highly qualified Nashville personal injury lawyers is here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case.
Tennessee Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Every state sets their own statute of limitations on legal cases, including claims of personal injury. Under Tennessee law, an injury victim typically has one year from the date of their injuries to file a lawsuit for damages. This applies regardless of whether the injuries were caused by negligence, recklessness, or intentional act. The clock begins ticking from the date of the accident when the injuries were incurred.
Failure to file within a year of the accident can result in opposing party filing a motion to dismiss in the case and the judge throwing out the claim for not being timely. This bars the victim of an accident from collecting any compensation for their claims, regardless of how serious their injuries are.
Exceptions to the Rule
It is important to note that there are a few exceptions to Tennessee’s one year statute of limitations on personal injury cases. One exception that extends the one year rule is if the victim was under eighteen years old or was adjudicated incompetent at the time of the accident. If the injury victim was a minor or incompetent, the statute of limitations is tolled until the victim reaches eighteen years old or has their competence restored. At that point, the one year statute of limitations begins to toll on their claims.
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If you would like to learn more about how the statute of limitations applies in your personal injury case, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today in Nashville to schedule a free consultation of your claims.