In Georgia, when an accident victim sustains personal injuries in an accident caused by another party’s actions, the victim may have the legal right to pursue financial reimbursement from the negligent party. However, taking timely steps to recover compensation from injuries is vital.
The statute of limitations is a crucial deadline to remember if you pursue a personal injury claim after being in an automobile accident.
What is a Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is the legal term that refers to the amount of time you’re allowed to file a claim against the party who wronged you. Almost every type of accident or crime has a statute of limitations.
These limitations vary by state. Consequently, the periods can differ in the same state for different types of legal actions. If a legal claim is not presented or pursued on time, it will be barred by the statute of limitations.
When Does the Statue of Limitations “Clock” Start for Personal Injuries
With most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations “clock” begins running on the day you are injured. For example, it’s the accident’s date in a car accident case.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases such as car accidents and other personal injury claims is typically two years from the date of the injury or death. It’s imperative to file a claim with the court by the statute of limitations date, or your case will become void.
Two years may seem like a long time. However, they tend to fly by quickly under certain circumstances.
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