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Georgia Personal Injury Legal Guide: How long do I have to take legal action in my case?

Published February 12, 2018 by Bruce Millar

What is the Georgia limitation time period for your accident claim?  Generally speaking, you will have two years from the date of an accident or injury to either settle or file a lawsuit in your personal injury case.   O.C.G.A. 9-3-33. However, we recommend that you take action well before you reach the end of that two-year period.

This two-year period is called the Georgia statute of limitations for personal injury. In some situations, such as those involving minors or where the injury could not have been immediately discovered, or if criminal charges or the traffic ticket are still pending, the period may extend beyond two years from the actual date of the injury. In other cases, such as those involving a government entity, you may need to take action much sooner.

You should contact a lawyer as soon as you are ready and allow the lawyer to get to work on your case.  This is because your lawyer will need to investigate your case, conduct discovery, assess your losses and engage with insurance companies on your behalf. If you wait until shortly before the Statute is going to expire, it may be difficult to get an attorney interested in your case.  For an example of what can go into the process, please see our page on Proving Your Car Accident Case.

You don’t want to wait too long and risk losing your right to seek fair settlement or full recovery in your case. Feel free to contact our Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Millar Law Firm for a free telephone consultation.  We will explain the statute of limitations and any other legal rights you have for your Georgia injury or accident case today, at no charge or obligation.

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