Does Tennessee have limits on the amount of damages a jury can award in a car wreck case?
Only for car wrecks that occur on or after October 1, 2011. For Tennessee car wrecks that occur before that date, there is no arbitrary limit on damages that can be awarded.
For Tennessee car accidents that occur on or after October 1, 2011, damages for pain, suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium are limited to $750,000 in almost every type of case. In certain types of cases involving catastrophic damages, the damage cap is increased to $1,000,000. There is no cap on damages if the person who caused the wreck was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
An experienced personal injury attorney can tell you if your case falls within the "catastrophic" category.