Georgia Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations concerning a claim is among the most important deadlines to know when dealing with a car accident. Whether you dealt with a fender bender in Atlanta or a serious car accident in some other part of Georgia, you’ll need to make sure that you properly file a lawsuit against the offending party before you lose your right to forever pursue that claim. Understanding the statute of limitations for car accident claims in Georgia is essential to ensure your protection in a court of law.

Today, we are going to delve into car accident claims in Georgia to better support your understanding of the statute of limitations.

Different Limitation Periods For Your Car Accident

When we talk about filing a claim in Georgia for your car accident, we aren’t just talking about phoning the offending party’s insurance company to notify them of the claim and accident. What we are instead focusing on is the actual lawsuit you will file against the at-fault individual to acquire compensation.

In Georgia, there are two separate claims with their respective statutes of limitations.

First, a claim for property damage suffered against your vehicle must be placed within four years of the offending accident. This is a Georgia guideline and the statute of limitations can and will change depending upon where you are at in the country.

Second, a claim can be made against the at-fault party for injuries to your person. To pursue a personal injury claim, you will need to make a claim within two years of the offending accident while living in Georgia. This is a general guideline as there are exceptions that can exacerbate the timeline, granting more time.

General Exceptions For Timeline Extensions

While the Statute of Limitations for filing a claim in Georgia will sit between two and four years (depending on the claim), there are exacerbating circumstances. In Georgia, if you were injured while still under the age of majority, your two-year statute of limitations will not begin until you reach the age of majority. This gives you potentially many more years to pursue a claim.

Other circumstances may change the statute of limitations regarding the claim you are filing in Georgia. To make sure that you are properly represented for your claim, contact the team at Ananda Hall Injury Law for support.

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“Personal Injury” Is A Legal Term; How To Understand It

You’ve probably heard the term, “personal injury” before. This is a legal term that refers to when someone has experienced harm (whether emotional or physical) that was caused by another person or organization. In most cases, personal injury is caused by negligence (carelessness or failure to take proper precautions), but there are often a lot of factors at play.

Whether you’re filing a personal injury claim of your own or have one against you, it’s crucial that you enlist the services of an experienced attorney. They will help you navigate the situation and get the best possible outcome. In the meantime, here are some things you should know about the term, “personal injury” and what it really means in the legal sense.

What Can Be Gained from Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

The whole reason personal injury claims exist in the first place is to make up for things that were lost or damaged. For example, a personal injury claim can help recoup lost wages, property damage costs, medical costs, semi-permanent to permanent disability, transportation costs and more. Even in situations where there are not clear financial costs as a result of the case, a jury may be able to determine an appropriate number to help compensate for unjust emotional distress and suffering. If negligence is deemed to have been a factor, additional compensation may be awarded.

In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded as a result of poor conduct by the defendant. These may be on top of the jury-determined compensation. In these situations, the judge usually awards punitive damages to the injured plaintiff (the person who filed the personal injury claim in the first place) in order to make an example out of the defendant, to punish them for poor behavior, or simply because the judge felt that the jury-determined compensation was not sufficient given the circumstances. Punitive damages are not necessarily common though, and they should not be expected in every personal injury case.

Types of Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claims can result from many different types of situations, but some of the most common cases are as follows:

  • Auto accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premise liability (someone gets injured on another person’s property)
  • Product liability (someone is injured while using a product, especially when that product malfunctions or is not clearly labeled for safety)
  • Wrongful death
  • Workplace liability (injuries while at work)
  • Dog bites

In some cases, more than one of these situations may apply to a personal injury claim. It is important to be open with your attorney and share all the details of the case so that they can evaluate it properly.

What if I Have Experienced Personal Injury?

If you have been injured or have otherwise suffered because of another person’s actions or negligence, it’s time to reach out to an experienced attorney. Don’t wait! Personal injury cases have time limits (the statute of limitations), though these terms vary by state. It’s not very long though, ranging between one and six years from the time of the injuring / damaging event.