Suing the State of Tennessee in a personal injury or wrongful death case is different than suing a person or business in a personal injury case. Here are some of the major differences:
1. Formal notice must be given before a lawsuit is filed with the Division of Claims Administration. Failure to give written notice in the correct way will result in the loss of the right to bring a claim. Notice typically must be given within one year of the date of the incident causing injury or death, although this area of the law is very complicated. The actual deadline that applies in your case should be determined by an experienced Tennessee personal injury and wrongful death lawyer who has been made aware of all of the facts.
2. After notice is filed, the injured person must wait 90 days before taking other legal action. The State may settle or deny the claim during this 90-day period. (I have filed claims against the State of Tennessee many times over my 30+ years as a lawyer and they have never settled a claim in this 89 day period.) If the claim is not settled or denied, proper papers must be filed with the Tennessee Claims Commission.