One question that I am frequently asked is, “How long do I have to file a lawsuit?” IN the law, that is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a very important deadline because, if you don’t comply with the statute of limitations, your lawsuit can be barred forever. For example, in Tennessee, most lawsuits have to be brought within one year of the accident or incident which causes your injury. There are exceptions to that. Each state has its own statute of limitations. Because this is such a fundamental and important question, it’s imperative that you contact an experienced trial lawyer to make sure when your statute of limitations is.