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What is the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim?

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Catastrophic Injuries And Wrongful Death

The loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence is a traumatic experience. In addition to emotional pain, the surviving family members may face unexpected financial struggles.

Wrongful death claims can provide ample financial security during this tough time, but there are strict time limits in place to file such claims.

Tennessee’s statute of limitations

Tennessee law imposes a strict one-year statute of limitation on wrongful death claims. This means that surviving family members generally have only one year from the date of their loved one’s death to file a lawsuit. It is essential to note that the clock starts ticking on the date of death, not necessarily the date you become aware of the wrongful cause. Missing the deadline might jeopardize your ability to seek and claim compensation.

Taking action after a loss

If you have lost someone due to someone else’s mistake and you want to file a lawsuit, there are actions you can take. You must gather all important documents that support your claim, such as death certificates, medical records and any evidence of lost income or financial hardship.

You may also want to seek legal counsel who will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death. They may help in determining if a wrongful death claim is viable and ensure you meet all filing deadlines. During this time of loss, you may feel overwhelmed with emotions. However, taking action promptly may ensure a smoother path toward possibly securing compensation and holding the responsible parties accountable.