Time Limits for Filing Personal Injury Claims
Georgia law sets certain time limits for filing civil lawsuits, including personal injury lawsuits. This means that if you are wrongfully injured, you only have a certain window of time to sue the responsible party. Once your statute of limitation passes, you will never again be able to seek damages for the losses you suffered, such as medical expenses and lost earnings that were incurred by your accident.
Because of this limited timeframe, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney immediately so that you can begin developing a plan for carrying out your lawsuit. Our North Georgia personal injury attorneys at Leibel Law are dedicated to helping their clients fully understand the statutes of limitations that apply to them. Our lawyers also work diligently to help injury victims take legal action in a timely manner.
Statutes of Limitations in Georgia
The statute of limitations begins once the injury “right to action accrues”—specifically when the negligent accident that causes the injury or death occurs. The statute of limitations you will be subject to will depend on the type of case you are dealing with. According to Georgia law, the statute of limitations for general personal injury cases is two years, through injuries that cause individuals to have loss of consortium can lead to a statute of limitations of four years.
Meanwhile, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice cases is generally two years, but it is one year for cases that involve foreign object that were left in the body. Children usually have different statutes of limitations than adults.
Let us provide you with the information you need about any statutes of limitations that might affect your case. Contact our office so you can schedule a time to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer.