What Is A Certificate of Good Faith in a Tennessee Medical Malpractice Case?

Tennessee law requires that certificate of good faith be filed with the Court at the time a medical malpractice (now called a health care liability) lawsuit is filed. 

The certificate of good faith form is found on the website of the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.   The form requires the signer to certify that he or she has consulted with and has a signed statement from one or more experts who say that the case has merit.  

The failure to file the form with the lawsuit will result in dismissal of the case.

Consumers should not attempt to file a medical malpractice case on their own.  These cases are extremely complicated, and the failure to give pre-suit notice as required by law or complete the certificate of good faith form has dire consequences.  Filing a false certificate of good faith can make the signer of the form responsible for the attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred by the health care provider sued in the case.

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John Day represents personal injury victims and families of wrongful death victims in health care liability claims. 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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