After suffering a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, anyone can seek damages through a personal injury lawsuit. However, there are rules and limitations to Georgia personal injury lawsuits, and today we will cover one of these rules: the statute of limitations.
DEFINING STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
A statute of limitations is a legal time limit for those seeking damages in civil courts. If someone fails to file a lawsuit before a statute of limitations expires, his or her case may receive an automatic dismissal.
It’s important to note that the statute of limitations rule does not apply to the resolution of a case, only the initial filing of the lawsuit. Therefore, as long as someone files a lawsuit before the statute of limitations is over, his or her case will no longer be impacted by a statute of limitations.
GEORGIA’S STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Every state abides by its own statute of limitations, and Georgia is no exception. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury and medical malpractice cases is two years. Therefore, if you or someone you love suffers injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, you have two years to file a lawsuit if the incident occurred in Georgia.
It’s important to note that you have two years to file a lawsuit from the discovery of the injury, rather than the initial injury’s occurrence. Therefore, if you suffered injuries in an incident a year ago, but discovered your injuries 6 months later, you would likely still have a year and a half to file a claim.
NEED HELP FILING A CLAIM?
You shouldn’t have to pay for personal injuries caused by somebody else, but sometimes, it takes a lawsuit to obtain justice. If you need help filing a lawsuit for your personal injury claim, The Kalka Law Group – Personal Injury & Car Accident Attorneys is here to help.