After being involved in a car accident that results in bodily injury, it's crucial to understand the time limits for filing a claim in Georgia. These time limits, known as statutes of limitations, can significantly impact your ability to recover compensation for your injuries. Learn about the time limits in Georgia and make sure you don't miss the deadline to file your claim.

Understanding Statutes of Limitations

Statutes of limitations are laws that establish time limits within which you must file a lawsuit after an injury or harm has occurred. These time limits are designed to ensure that claims are brought forward while evidence is still fresh and to provide a sense of closure to all parties involved. Failing to file a claim within the specified time limit can result in losing your right to pursue compensation for your injuries.

Time Limits for Filing a Bodily Injury Claim in Georgia

In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including car accident claims, is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your bodily injuries. However, it's essential to be aware of the specific rules in Georgia and act promptly to protect your rights.

Keep in mind that the time limits may be different if you are filing a claim against a government entity in Georgia. In such cases, you are generally required to provide notice of your claim to the government entity within 12 months of the accident. The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit against a government entity may also be shorter than the standard two-year limit, so it's crucial to consult with an experienced attorney to ensure you comply with the applicable deadlines.

Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations in Georgia

In some cases, there may be exceptions to the general statute of limitations in Georgia that can extend or shorten the time limit for filing a bodily injury claim. Some common exceptions include:

  • Minor Victims: If the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitations in Georgia may be extended until they reach the age of 18. In such cases, the victim typically has two years from their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit.
  • Discovery Rule: In Georgia, the statute of limitations may not begin to run until the injured party discovers or should have reasonably discovered their injury. This exception is generally applied in cases where the injury is not immediately apparent.
  • Military Service: If the injured party or the defendant is on active military duty, the statute of limitations may be extended until after their service has ended.

Consult an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if any exceptions apply to your specific case

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