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What is the Statute of Limitations for My Valdosta Personal Injury Case?

Posted on February 20, 2016

In Georgia, if you’;re injured due to the negligent, careless, or intentional act of another party, you may be able to file a personal injury claim in attempt to win compensation for your losses.

Different states have different statutes of limitations (time limits) for how long after an injury took place that one has to file a personal injury claim. In Georgia, that time limit is two calendar years from the day the injury occurred. However, in cases where the injury is not immediately discovered or the cause is not immediately known. This time limit doesn’t technically start until the “accrual of claims,” which is the point at which the injury (or its cause) is actually discovered.

An example of this, so called, “discovery rule” would be if you used a product—say a shampoo—then a month later began to go bald. If the cause of your hair loss wasn’t positively linked to the shampoo until five years later, you would have two years from the discovery of that link to file your personal injury claim.

But, if you’re filing a personal injury claim against a government entity like a city or county, your time limit to file that claim is only six months. If you’re filing a personal injury claim against the State of Georgia itself, the statute of limitations is two years.

If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia, you need to consult an experienced personal injury attorney. Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injury victims for over 35 years. Call us today for a free consultation at (800) 533-3555.