What You Should Know About Statutes of Limitations
You may not be familiar with the phrase Statute of limitations. This refers to the law that sets the maximum amount of time that parties involved in a dispute have to initiate legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense, whether civil or criminal and even with personal injury.
You may be shaken and confused following your accident. You may also have a viable reason for not immediately filing a claim, however it is important to note, when it comes to personal injury cases, the state of Georgia requires (by Georgia Code section 9-3-33) that: "Actions for injuries to the person shall be brought within two years after the right of action accrues."
That means after a car accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, or any other type of accident, a personal injury claim must be filed within two years.
There are some examples of extenuating circumstances that could affect the statutes timeline. These exceptions to statute of limitation clauses (such as the delayed onset of related illnesses like cancer or cases involving children), as well as other options that might exist to pursue a case if the statute of limitations on a particular claim may have run out.
Whether you have suffered a personal injury or damages due to a car accident, slip and fall or a medical malpractice it’s advised you take immediate action to file your suit with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure the claim falls within the legally allotted timeline.
If you were involved in an accident and suffered a personal injury or damages and think you may be entitled to a settlement, remember the clock is ticking. Don’t let the statute of limitations run out before you are able to file your claim. Personal injury lawyers Joshi & Patel offer a free evaluation, no obligation consultation to determine if you have a viable personal injury case.
**Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.