Are there deadlines for filing lawsuits in Tennessee?
Yes. Statutes of limitation passed by our legislature limit the time to file a lawsuit in all types of cases. The length of time varies depending on the type of case. In most instances you have one year from the date of the incident causing injury or death to bring a lawsuit, although shorter time limitations apply in some types of cases.
There are other laws known as “statutes of repose” that provide absolute deadlines on filing lawsuits. This type of law may result in you losing your rights before you know you have suffered an injury.
Given the many factors that must be considered in determining your specific deadline to file a lawsuit, the best course of action if you believe you have a potential legal action is to contact a lawyer immediately. Our firm will meet with you at no charge to help you determine if you have a claim and help you understand what deadline for taking action actually applies in your case.