Slip and Fall Lawsuit Statute of Limitations

Every state has a "statute of limitation" (maximum time limit of how long you have to file a lawsuit) for personal injury slip and fall cases. Depending on the type of lawsuit, there can be different Tennessee deadlines to keep in mind.

If, for example, you were injured in a slip and fall accident on another owner's property, then you have one year from the date of the incident to file a claim in civil court. However, this only applies to private or commercial property. If your personal injury occurred on local, state or federal government property, the procedures and deadlines will be different. Therefore, quickly contact our office with questions following a slip and fall accident.

The clock will also start ticking at a different time if a death followed a slip and fall personal injury in Tennessee. In this case, the deadline would be one year for filing a lawsuit following the death, which may be different than the date of the actual accident.

A third example of statute of limitations in a slip and fall lawsuit involves suing for the value of personal property. If, in the course of the accident, a valuable item was damaged or destroyed, then you would have three years to file in Tennessee civil court.

If the statute of limitation expires in any other these scenarios, your slip and fall lawsuit will almost certainly be dismissed in court. While most of these types of cases are settled out-of-court, you should contact our office at your earliest convenience to ensure plenty of time to prepare your case.

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