When can you file a personal injury claim after a car accident?

It's common not to experience injury-related symptoms immediately after a car accident. In the aftermath of a crash, you may have been able to get out of your vehicle, handle the situation and make your way home, without noticing discomfort.

However, if you began experiencing pain a few days or weeks after the accident, it shouldn't be neglected. Facing these post-accident symptoms may indicate a serious underlying injury you got during the crash:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weak limbs
  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Unusual bouts of emotional pain or personality changes

You should seek immediate medical attention if you are suffering from any of the above issues after an automobile accident.

Tennessee civil statute of limitations on personal injury claims

Because Tennessee isn't a "no fault" state, lawsuits for personal injury after an auto accident can be filed. It may not be too late to get compensation for delayed injuries if you've yet to settle your accident claim. In Tennessee, you are allowed one year from the accident to file a lawsuit for personal injury under Tennessee Code Section 28-3-104.

If you're dealing with a personal injury, protect yourself by getting checked out by a medical professional and contacting a personal injury attorney who can help you file a claim. It is advisable to seek medical attention right after an accident, even if you don't think you are injured.

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