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.
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.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.