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Filing a Lawsuit for Personal Injury in Tennessee

Updated: May 6

In Tennessee, personal injury cases involve situations where a person has suffered harm or injury due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another party. These cases can cover a wide range of incidents, including car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, product defects, and more.

When pursuing a personal injury case in Tennessee, several key points to consider include:

1. Statute of Limitations: Tennessee has a statute of limitations that sets a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, this deadline is one year from the date of the injury or discovery of the injury. It's crucial to file your claim within this timeframe, as failing to do so could result in your case being dismissed.

2. Comparative Fault: Tennessee follows a modified comparative fault system, meaning that if you are found partially at fault for the accident that caused your injury, your compensation may be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. If you are found to be 50% or more at fault, you may be barred from recovering any compensation.

3. Damages: In personal injury cases, victims may be entitled to various types of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. Tennessee law does not cap non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, but there is a cap on punitive damages.

4. Evidence and Documentation: Building a strong personal injury case requires gathering evidence such as medical records, accident reports, witness statements, and documentation of damages. It's essential to collect and preserve evidence as soon as possible after the accident.

5. Legal Representation: Due to the complexities of personal injury law and the challenges of dealing with insurance companies, many individuals choose to hire a personal injury attorney to represent them. An experienced attorney can advocate for your rights, negotiate with insurance companies, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

If you've been injured in Tennessee due to the negligence of another party, it's essential to understand your rights and options for seeking compensation. Consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal process and pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

William Cain can help you navigate a personal injury claim. Click below to request a free consultation.


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