How Long to File Injury Claim in Tennessee?
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Tennessee?
Murfreesboro injury attorneys explain why it’s important to act quickly
When you are injured as a result of another’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to be compensated for your injuries and all that you have lost. Whether someone ran a red light and hit you at a high speed or you slipped and suffered a serious head injury because your neighbor failed to fix the wooden step on their front stoop, you could have injuries that cause you trouble for months or even years. A settlement could compensate you for the medical care you will need, any damages to your personal property, and time you’ve lost from work. Your settlement should also reflect the extent of the pain and suffering you experienced.
Ideally, you would talk to a Murfreesboro personal injury attorney at Kidwell, South, Beasley, and Haley as soon as possible after your accident. Acting quickly can ensure that you get the evidence you need to create a strong case, as well as more accurate eyewitness testimony. Acting quickly could also mean that you get your settlement more quickly so that you can start taking back your life after the accident. However, you have up to one year after the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim in Tennessee.
There are exceptions. For example, an accident might result in a serious brain injury that causes a mental disability. The person may not be able to make a decision about filing a personal injury claim, so the family can file the claim on their behalf. That disability may not be made clear within the one-year timeframe. Another exception to the filing deadline would be if you could show that the defendant willfully withheld or concealed evidence in the case. However, this is a difficult claim to prove, so it is essential that you work with a dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney from our firm if you suspect it.
Finally, the filing deadline for a personal injury is extended if you are filing on behalf of a loved one who was killed by these injuries. Sometimes, the death occurs immediately during the accident, and then the statute of limitations would remain the same. But sometimes, death does not occur until long after the accident. For example, the accident might cause organ damage that eventually leads to organ failure. In wrongful death cases, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim will either be extended by 120 days or it will be reset to start on the date of the death and not the accident, depending on the circumstances.
Contact the Tennessee accident attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley, and Haley as soon as possible after suffering a personal injury as a result of another’s negligence, or as soon as possible after a loved one dies from injuries caused by an accident. The sooner you talk to one of our Murfreesboro personal injury attorneys, the sooner we start collecting evidence and creating a solid argument that will improve the chances that you will get the settlement you deserve for your injuries. Call our firm at (615) 893-1331 or use our online form. Time is of the essence, and our attorneys are ready to help.