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Statute of Limitations in Georgia Personal Injury Cases

If you suffer a personal injury in any type of accident that was someone else’s fault, you deserve to be compensated for your injury and other financial losses by the responsible party.  You may go about recovering by filing a personal injury lawsuit in court.  However, going to court never sounds like a pleasant experience, and therefore many people put off contacting an attorney to help them take legal action for their injuries.  Unfortunately, there is a limited time following an injury in which you have the ability to file a lawsuit and, by delaying the process, many people miss the cutoff and lose out on the opportunity to get reimbursed for their injuries.  For this reason, it is very important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Coweta County as soon as possible following any type of accident and injury.

 

The time period in which you may file a lawsuit following an incident is called the statute of limitations.  The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Georgia is two years and is set out in state law.  This two year time period begins to run the date the incident or injury occurred.  In most cases, if you miss this two year deadline, your lawsuit will be dismissed and you will not have the opportunity to re-file the lawsuit.

 

There are some exceptions to the two year statute of limitations.  For instance, if the injury happened to a child or a person who was mentally incompetent to take part in a lawsuit, the statute of limitations may be extended until the child reaches the age of eighteen or the victim becomes mentally competent to understand the court proceedings.  However, any exceptions to a rule are generally on a case by case basis, so you should never rely on the assumption that an exception exists.  Instead, you should always contact a PI attorney for a consultation as soon as you can after the incident.  Do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia