If you received a summons and complaint (the documents which initiate a civil lawsuit in Tennessee) you need to immediately notify your insurance company that you have been sued. If you have already reported the claim, the insurance company will already have told you to whom you should send the papers. If you have not reported the claim, call your insurance agent and tell them that you have been sued. The agent will tell you what to do with the papers.
Your insurance company will hire you a lawyer who will defend you. If you don’t hear from the lawyer within 20 days of the time you contact the insurance company, call the insurance company (or agent) again and let them know you have not heard from the lawyer.
To understand more about the litigation process, read our Legal Guide called "Understanding the Steps in the Civil Litigation Process."