Are there time limits on wrongful death claims in Tennessee?

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 24, 2014

Losing a loved one is never an easy experience, no matter the situation. However, in the event of an accident, family members might not have the opportunity to say goodbye. Being taken off guard in such an abrupt way can leave an entire family reeling, looking for answers.

An accident victim's survivors may be faced with the reality of their loss in fast fashion. The loss of a loved one can lead to a number of emotional and financial losses that have to potential to add up very quickly. If this is the case, a wrongful death claim could be considered.

Beyond determining whether or not there are grounds to proceed with a wrongful death suit, claims should proceed in a timely fashion. According to Tennessee state law, wrongful death actions must begin within one year of the accident in question. Failing to act within this time frame could strip survivors of their legal options by default.

It goes without saying that pursuing legal action probably isn't the first thing on an individual's mind after losing a loved one in a tragic accident. However, Tennessee's personal law necessitate only open a very specific and strict window of time for action.

Personal injury law can be very complex, so it's important to recognize that this blog post shouldn't be considered specific legal advice in regard to wrongful death claims. Every accident is different and may require careful attention to determine what options exist. With this in mind, it may be informative to communicate with an experienced attorney in the wake of a fatal incident.

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