Personal injury, whether it is caused by a car accident, negligence, or a workplace incident, can be a complex issue. In many cases, the extent of an injury isn’t known for weeks or months after the incident occurred. However, that doesn’t mean new or worsening symptoms can be properly addressed in court several years from now. There’s a time cap, called a statute of limitations, which defines how long you have to pursue legal action.
A “statute of limitations” is the window of time allowed by law in which you can file a suit or claim against a person or party. In Georgia, the statute of limitations on personal injury is two years. This means you have 24 months from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you file a claim after that time, your case will likely be dismissed in court.
There are a variety of statutes and laws which could either shorten or lengthen the statute of limitations in your case, including auto accidents, comparative fault or being attacked by a dog. However, the general rule of thumb for any personal injury case is to file before the two-year mark. Cases filed after that point are much harder to pursue and may diminish your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
To ensure you present the best case in your personal injury claim, it’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney. Depending on the personal injury you experienced, it’s possible that the statute of limitations is shorter or longer than the 24-month mark. Contact The Mabra Firm to schedule a consultation with legal professionals who care about your well-being and success!