Is There A Limit on Damages For Pain and Suffering In Tennessee Personal Injury Cases?

For Tennessee personal injuries occurring on or after October 1, 2011, damages for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and all other intangible losses are limited to $750,000.

There are a couple of exceptions for certain defined "catastrophic" losses, such as spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia and quadriplegia,  significant burn injuries, and two or more limb amputations in a single incident.  In these cases damages for pain, suffering, etc. are limited to $1,000,000.

There is not an arbitrary  limit on such damages for injuries that occurred before October 1, 2011.


John Day represents personal injury victims and families of wrongful death victims.  He is board-certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and, in fact, served as President of the organization. He is an elected member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.  His book, "Day on Torts:   Leading Cases in Tennessee Tort Law," is used by judges and lawyers across Tennessee to further their understanding of personal injury and wrongful death law in Tennessee.  In 2009, Best Lawyers named John "Best Personal Injury Lawyer" for Nashville; he was the first recipient of that award. Best Lawyers also  named John as "Best Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Nashville" for 2010.   John does not charge for an initial consultation and accepts personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent  fee basis.  You can reach him by telephone at 615.742.4880 or by email by clicking here

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