Statute of Limitations on Georgia Personal Injury Claims
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. You can seek this compensation through a settlement agreement with an insurance company, or you may resolve your claim by filing a personal injury lawsuit. You can explore your options to decide which route is best for your situation. If you are unsure of the best way forward or if you have questions, contact a Georgia personal injury attorney for a free consultation.
There is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Georgia. The law gives you two years from the date of injury to file a claim (Georgia Code of Law, Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-33). The purpose of this is to ensure that you have time to recover from your injuries and have a better idea of what costs you’ll need to have reimbursed, to give you time to determine if any of your injuries are permanent, to give you time to seek the guidance of an attorney, to allow time for investigating the accident, and to allow time for negotiation to reach a settlement out of court.
In some cases of wrongful death, if you are the survivor of the victim, you may have up to four years to file a claim for wrongful death damages and loss of consortium.
Statute of limitations on Auto accidents
After an auto accident in Georgia, you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit before you lose your right to do so. Every state sets these statutes of limitations, and in Georgia, it is two years from the date of the accident. The sooner you file your lawsuit, the better, so you do not risk running out the statute of limitations.
Having said that, there are some circumstances that stop the clock. For example, if you did not discover your injuries right away, you may be able to get around this. If you were a minor at the time of the accident, then the clock can stop until your 18th birthday. Talk to an attorney if you have any questions about the statute of limitations in your claim.
Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations
When you are injured on the job, it is vitally important to be aware of the timelines involved in filing your claim in order to receive the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to by law. A statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have for filing a claim and taking the time to understand these time limits can help ensure you get the medical benefits and weekly compensation you deserve.