If you have been injured in an accident in Georgia, we first want to express our deepest sympathies. This is a tragic experience. You deserve justice. Understand that you are not alone. We are here to help. If you have questions about filing a personal injury claim in Augusta, read this article to learn about personal injury law in Georgia.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim | Statute of Limitations
You will have to follow certain laws that are in place in Georgia when you are filing a personal injury claim. Under Georgia law, there is a statute of limitations that defines the amount of time that you are legally allowed to bring your case. Georgia law allows victims of personal injury two years from the date of your accident to bring a case or to have it settled in civil court.
In some cases, this statute of limitation will end up being longer than two years. You may be able to bring your case past two years for cases such as medical malpractice or nursing home negligence. These cases require that you discover wrongdoing. If your parent is in nursing care and you don’t discover until much later that they have been neglected, you will have two years starting from when you have discovered the neglect which is likely a bit longer than the neglect has occurred.
Quite frequently, when you bring a personal injury case, as the plaintiff, you will have the defendant trying to blame you for your own injuries. Even in cases where it is quite obvious who was responsible for the accident or incident, the insurance company for the liable party will work to take the blame off of their shoulders.
It is important to understand that there will be an insurance negotiation for many of these personal injury cases. This process involves Georgia’s modified comparative negligence laws. Here is how this law works:
- Victims who are not found to be at fault receive full compensation.
- Victims who are found to be 50% or less at fault receive reduced compensation.
- Victims who are more than 50% at fault for their accident do not receive compensation.
Contact Our Experienced Augusta Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you are looking for a knowledgeable and skilled attorney to help you with filing a personal injury claim, please call our Georgia personal injury attorneys today to set up your free consultation and learn how we can help you get the fairest result possible.
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