What is the Deadline for Bringing a Wrongful Death Suit in Tennessee?

Under Tennessee law, you must file suit within one year from the date of the original injury that later resulted in death. So, if your loved one was injured in a car accident on March 1, 2012, and later died on March 21, 2012 from the injuries sustained in the car wreck, you would have until March 1, 2013 to file suit under most scenarios. Generally, it is NOT the date of death that triggers the time period, but the date of the accident.

While the law permits you one year to bring a claim, you should not wait that long to contact a lawyer. With each day that passes after an accident, the memories of important witnesses can dim and other valuable evidence can be irretrievably lost.

If you would like to speak with one of our experienced and reputable wrongful death attorneys about a potential claim, please contact us online or call us at 615-742-4880 or 866.812.8787. Our initial consultation is always free and without obligation, and we do not get paid unless we recover money for you.

  1. How did the accident happen and who is to blame?
  2. Who has the right to file a wrongful death suit?
  3. What types of damages are recoverable in a wrongful death suit?
  4. If money is recovered, who gets it?
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