Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 28: Limitation of Actions

Chapter 3: Limitation of Actions Other than Real

Part 1: Miscellaneous Limitations

TCA 28-3-104: Personal tort actions.

(a)  The following actions shall be commenced within one (1) year after the cause of action accrued:

     (1)  Actions for libel, for injuries to the person, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, breach of marriage promise;

     (2)  Actions and suits against attorneys or licensed public accountants or certified public accountants for malpractice, whether the actions are grounded or based in contract or tort;

     (3)  Civil actions for compensatory or punitive damages, or both, brought under the federal civil rights statutes; and

     (4)  Actions for statutory penalties.

(b)  For the purpose of this section, in products liability cases:

     (1)  The cause of action for injury to the person shall accrue on the date of the personal injury, not the date of the negligence or the sale of a product;

     (2)  No person shall be deprived of the right to maintain a cause of action until one (1) year from the date of the injury; and

     (3)  Under no circumstances shall the cause of action be barred before the person sustains an injury.

History: [Code 1858, § 2772 (deriv. Acts 1715, ch. 27, § 5); Shan., § 4469; mod. Code 1932, § 8595; Acts 1967, ch. 283, § 1; 1969, ch. 28, § 1; 1969, ch. 293, §§ 1, 2; 1972, ch. 669, § 1; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 28-304; Acts 1990, ch. 970, § 2; 1990, ch. 1056, § 2.]