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How Georgia’s Statute of Limitations Affects Wrongful Death Claims


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11/19/2012
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After the loss of a loved one, your life can become a hectic storm of funeral planning, legal jargon and condolences. It is understandable that you may want to push back filing a wrongful death claim with a Peachtree City wrongful death lawyer until a later date, but you simply cannot. 

The statute of limitations in Georgia only allows you two years from the time of death to file a wrongful death claim. If you let that statute of limitations expire, you risk being ineligible for possible benefits recoverable in a wrongful death action. 

If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence or carelessness of another person, it is important that you contact a Peachtree City wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. An attorney who is familiar with wrongful death law and Georgia’s statute of limitations may be able to help you gain the maximum benefits recoverable in your wrongful death action. 

In some cases, the statute of limitations can be extended. For instance, if you lost someone three years ago in what everyone believed to be an accident, but only just discovered that the real cause of death was murder, your statute of limitations could start on the day you discover the truth, rather than the date of death. 

In other cases, the statute of limitations only makes you wrongful death claim more confusing. For instance, in cases involving personal injury, the law can often be confusing. If your loved one was injured in a poorly constructed department store, then died several years later of his injuries, you may not be able to sue the department store if it has been more than two years since the original accident. 

If you are concerned about the Georgia statute of limitations and how it applies to your wrongful death case or have other questions, you should contact a Peachtree City wrongful death attorney. 

Contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation. Call us today at: 1-888-927-6955.



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