What is a Statute of Limitations?
Here are the facts:
There are several reasons why you should contact an attorney immediately after you or a loved one have been injured in an accident. One being, if you do not act within an appropriate time, it will become harder or impossible to file a claim. Generally speaking, the courts want victims to come forward as soon as possible following their accident. In order to ensure this happens, a statute of limitations, a law passed by the legislative body sets the maximum time after an event within which the legal proceedings may be initiated. In most cases, when the time specified in a statute of limitations passes, a claim no longer may be filed or extended. This means your claim will be rejected by the courts and you will get nothing, even if you had valid grievance.
How long do I have to file an injury claim in the State of Georgia?
In Georgia, most cases have a two year statute of limitations for personal injury claims.
Typically, the deadline begins from the date of the accident or injury. This may vary on the grounds of a medical malpractice case, since the claim may involve failure to diagnose a condition and the patient had no way of knowing about the problem earlier.
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