The state of Tennessee has one of the strictest statute of limitations for medical malpractice on the law books. Former patients have one year from the time the malpractice occurred to file a claim. If a foreign object has been left in the body, the individual has one year from the time it is discovered, or should have been found, to file suit. If the individual that has been injured is a minor, he/she has one year from the eighteenth birthday to bring a case before the court.
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Believe it or not, the simply question "How long do I have to file a malpractice lawsuit in Tennessee?" can be difficult to answer. The safest thing to do is to take action within one year of the injury. Please follow the link below to an article I wrote on the subject. It provides a more detailed explanation of the time limitations in a medical malpractice case.
However, you should not attempt to evaluate the statute of limitations or file a medical malpractice case on your own. There are lots of procedural traps that can cause your lawsuit to be dismissed, so the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to call an experienced medical malpractice lawyer.