What is the Statute of Limitations in Negligence Cases in Tennessee?
The Statute of Limitations is the legal deadline for filing a negligence claim. In Tennessee, the Statute of Limitations for most negligence cases is one year from the date of the event that caused the injury. This means that if you were injured in a car accident on July 4, 2020, you would have until July 4, 2021, to file a negligence claim against the at-fault driver.
Statute of Limitations for Minors in Tennessee
However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the victim is a minor, the Statute of Limitations does not begin to run until the child turns 18 years old. This means that if a child is injured in a car accident on July 4, 2020, the child or the child’s parents would have until July 4, 2038, to file a negligence claim.
What Happens if I Miss the Deadline?
If you try to file a negligence claim after the Statute of Limitations has expired, your case will likely be dismissed by the court and you will be unable to recover any compensation for your injuries. This is why it is so important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you have been injured in an accident.
An experienced attorney will be able to determine which statute of limitations applies to your case and will make sure that your case is filed before the deadline expires.
Don’t Wait to Consult with an Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident, don’t wait to consult with an attorney. The sooner you consult with an attorney, the better chance you have of recovering compensation for your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney at Tennessee Accident Law will be able to guide you through the complicated legal process and will fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and consultation.