A wrongful death claim can be filed when someone is killed as a result of another person’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness. Family members might be able to seek compensation for their loss in a wrongful death lawsuit, and they will need to act quickly to file within the one-year time frame from the time of their loved one’s death.
The Statute of Limitations for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Tennessee
In Tennessee, family members typically have just one year from the date of their loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. There might be exceptions to the statute of limitations for a certain period of time under the discovery rule. In this situation, the deceased person may not have known the cause of injury before their death.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney as Soon as Possible After Losing a Loved One
Because the one-year statute of limitations is such a small window of time, it makes sense to contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you file your case after the statute of limitations has expired, your case will likely be dismissed, and you will lose your opportunity to recover any damages. In addition, as time goes on, evidence to help prove your case can become more difficult to locate. It is also in the insurance company’s best interests to pay out as little as possible, and an attorney can help recover fair damages.
Monetary compensation may be awarded for the following:
- Loss of financial support
- Medical bills and funeral costs
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased
- Mental anguish experienced by the survivors