how to receive compensation for a car accident in georgia
The good news is that from a legal standpoint, you have a little time. You don’t have to file a lawsuit immediately after being injured, and in fact, you shouldn’t be in a huge hurry to file suit. Take the time you need to gather evidence of your claim and hire an attorney you trust. If you go to court unprepared because you were in a hurry, you could lose your case or have it thrown out. That said, most states have a statute of limitations for filing an injury claim, so it’s important to file your lawsuit within that window of time, if in fact you have reason to do so. In most states, including here in Georgia, the statute of limitations is 2 years after the accident occurs. Like we said, this gives you some time to get your ducks in a row. At the same time, if you feel you have a legitimate claim, it’s important not to procrastinate, even though the law gives you two years to file. Some evidence has a way of disappearing over time, so you need to do your due diligence to gather all relevant documentation as soon after the accident as possible. Also, don’t take the full two years just because you can – that time is basically afforded you in case there are complications trying to sort out who is liable or trying to negotiate out-of-court settlements. If you wait until the last minute to file without a justifiable reason, the other party might try to use this against you in court. For any other questions concerning the appropriate time to file a lawsuit after an injury, call our offices at 404.768.0292.