Franklin, TN asked in Medical Malpractice for Tennessee

Q: How long do I have to file a comploint? It has been very close to one year since I had surgery at LifeStyle Lift.

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Christopher Gilreath
Christopher Gilreath
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Memphis, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: In Tennessee, a lawsuit must be filed within one year of the date you knew or should have known that a medical professional committed harm that resulted in you being injured. In medical malpractice cases, the one year date can often be a date later than the surgery. Instead, look to when you reasonably were provided information allowing you to conclude that a doctor or hospital harmed you.

There are also more recent laws in place that require that before you can file a lawsuit, notice must be given to each and every potential defendant you would name in the case. Tennessee has passed laws requiring specific notices and documents to be sent to each potential defendant, and has set out particular methods for their delivery. In general, these notices can be sent as late as one year from the date you are to have known you had an injury. Calculation of these deadlines is case specific, and can be complicated. To get a specific answer to your question, it would be advisable to contact a medical malpractice attorney in your area.

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