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How long do I have to file a civil lawsuit for an injury or accident in Tennessee?


In Tennessee, as in other states, there are time limits on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for different types of cases.  This time limitation of time is called the "Statute of Limitation."

The statute of limitation for filing a civil lawsuit for an accident or injury case in Tennessee is one (1) year from the date of the event causing the injury.  A good example of this would be - you have one year from the date of a car accident or work related injury to file your case in court or workers compensation claim with the Tennessee Department of Labor.  (Notice to your employer after a work related injury must be givenwithin 30 days.) 

There are exceptions to this strict rule of law.   If the injury is one that is not necessarily easily discoverable, (i.e. a sponge left inside during surgery and not discovered until later) then the statute of limitation is one year from the date when you "knew or should have known" of the act causing the injury.

As you can see, these rules are not without exception.  If you have any questions please contact an attorney at The Williams Law Group to see how we can help!

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