If you suffer injury in any type of accident, your number one priority should be to seek the proper medical treatment needed to get you healthy again. However, recovery time can be extensive and sometimes the injuries you suffered may cause permanent disabilities. Recovery may require significant time and energy, leaving little time to focus on anything else. Additionally, many accident victims want to avoid adding more stress to their already stressful lives. These are only some of the many reasons why accident victims delay in contacting a personal injury lawyer in Coweta County to discuss a potential case.
What is a statute of limitations?
Every state has laws that limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit following an accident or injury. These laws are called statutes of limitations. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This means that you only have two years from the date of the accident and injury to file a lawsuit. Certain exceptions may apply in some situations, such as you did not discover your resulting injury for months after the accident. In those cases, however, you still only have two years from the date you discovered the injury to file a claim. After the two year statute of limitations is up, your ability to file a lawsuit will be barred forever and any lawsuits you attempt will be dismissed.
This does not mean that you should wait up to two years to contact an attorney, however. Preparing to file a lawsuit requires a large amount of work and can be complicated in some cases. Prior to filing, your attorney will want to have ample time to investigate your case, collect documents, and write a persuasive pleading. Furthermore, some evidence may not be preserved or available after a certain amount of time. For all of these reasons, you should never delay in contacting a PI attorney.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you have suffered injury in any type of accident, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible for help. Do not hesitate to call today at (770) 487-8999.