If you are in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in the state of Georgia, you may be wondering how long you have to file a personal injury claim. The deadline for filing your personal injury claim is referred to as the statute of limitations.
Know Your Rights
If you were injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, the statute of limitations gives you two years to file a claim unless an exception applies. The most common exceptions to the statute of limitations are when extra time is granted for cases involving injured children or people who are considered legally incompetent.
There are two additional deadlines to keep in mind:
- If you had any property damage as a result of the accident that caused your injury, you have four years to file that claim.
- In situations where the claim is against a county or city in Georgia, you only have six months to file.
If you attempt to file after the two-year statute of limitations for a personal injury case and none of the state’s exceptions apply, the court will most likely reject your case. You will no longer be entitled to compensation for any injury resulting from the accident.
Time is of the essence in personal injury cases. You will want to explore what options you have for filing a claim as soon as possible. Evidence often gets harder to locate as time passes. You also want to give your attorney ample time to prepare if you need to file a civil lawsuit because you are unable to reach a satisfactory settlement agreement with the insurance company
Brian Hobbs Law Can Help
If you have been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, Brian Hobbs Law can help you get the compensation you deserve. This includes any lost wages or medical bills related to the accident, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.
Contact Brian Hobbs law online or call my office directly at (833) 578-4255. I am located in Marietta, Georgia, and serve clients in Cobb County, Fulton County, Cherokee County, Gwinnett County, Douglas County, Paulding County, and the city of Atlanta, as well as the surrounding areas.