Filing an Effective Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Tennessee

Fighting for your rights after a fatal accident claims a loved one

There's nothing worse than dealing with the death of someone close to you, especially if that person died because of the irresponsible actions or negligence of another party. When going through this difficult time, work with the compassionate and knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. Our team has the experience and skills you need to file a wrongful death lawsuit, giving you the best chance at success. With more than 25 years of experience serving our friends and neighbors throughout East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region, you know you're working with a firm with close ties to the local community.

What does it mean to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee?

To file a wrongful death claim, the deceased person must have clearly died due to the actions or negligence of another person or entity, including manufacturers of automobiles or defective products. In Tennessee, the statute of limitations for these cases is one year after the death occurred. While these cases are complex, it's possible to file a lawsuit against any person or organization that did not act reasonably to prevent the death.

The following people connected to the deceased person may file a wrongful death suit:

  • Immediate family members. This includes spouses, children and parents.
  • People financially dependent on the deceased. This may include life partners or putative spouses.
  • Distant family members. These people may include siblings, grandparents and cousins. In these situations, it's usually necessary to demonstrate that you were a major part of the person's life.
  • People who suffered financially due to the death. This may include long-term partners or friends, even if they were not related by blood or married to the victim.

Who is liable for wrongful death?

Depending on the situation, any number of persons or entities may be responsible for your loved one's death. The most common targets of these lawsuits are property owners, government agencies, employers and motorists. After a car accident, for example, you may pursue damages from the driver who caused the accident, the government agency responsible for road upkeep, the manufacturer of a defective auto part or even a bartender who served a drunk driver too much alcohol.

Although the responsible party may face jail time, fines and other penalties if criminal charges have been filed, it's important to note that filing a wrongful death lawsuit is for monetary damages only. You may choose to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of wages or financial support. A skilled attorney keeps you informed of your best options.

Get the legal guidance you need when pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit

When dealing with this very difficult issue, you need a lawyer who is both knowledgeable and compassionate. You get both when you work with Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law, as we're Two for You when you need us. Our office is located just off I-40 and I-75 in Knoxville, and we serve community members throughout the Smoky Mountain region and East Tennessee. For a free initial phone consultation, please call 865.951.7268 or contact us online.