Whenever someone is seriously injured in an accident, the obvious response is to seek immediate medical attention. If the accident was caused by someone else's negligent actions, injured parties may initiate a personal injury lawsuit.
Sometimes, however, the cause of an accident is not so obvious, or injuries that were not initially treated may be discovered several months later. In these cases, Tennessee's one-year statute of limitation for filing a personal injury lawsuit becomes an important factor to keep in mind.
Time Can Still Be On Your Side
Every state has deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. In Tennessee, if you fail to file a personal injury claim within one year of the date of the cause for the claim, you may not be able to pursue the claim. There are exceptions to the one-year statute of limitations, which allow for injuries that are not discovered until a year or more after an accident, or for cases when someone's negligence is discovered after the deadline.
In many injury lawsuits, it takes months or well over a year to accurately determine the full extent of a claimant's injuries. To be clear, a personal injury lawsuit does not have to be resolved within a year. Many are not. A claim merely has to be filed within one year of the injury occurring.
Why Consulting With An Attorney Makes Sense
It is important to work with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney whenever you are injured due to someone else's negligence. If factors make it unclear whether negligence was involved or complicate determining the extent of injuries, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you take the necessary steps to protect your rights so the statute of limitations does not expire.