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How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

| Jun 12, 2020 | Personal Injury

When you sustain serious injuries from someone else’s negligence, you are likely thinking about healing instead of filing a lawsuit. However, in many cases, you will want to file a claim as soon as possible. The reason for this is that you only have a certain amount of time to file your claim from the date of the injury. If you do not file your claim in time, you forget the chance of receiving any compensation for your injuries.

Keep reading for more information on the statute of limitations in Georgia.

Statute of limitations for personal injury claims

Statutes of limitations vary from state to state and depend upon the type of claim you file. According to FindLaw, for a personal injury claim, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. This may seem like more than enough time. However, you may underestimate the amount of time needed to properly heal from your injuries. It is important to file a claim as soon as possible to get the ball rolling. Additionally, once you file your claim you can concentrate on getting better instead of worrying about the medical bills piling up.

Exceptions to the rule

You may not even be aware of certain injuries until after the two years. For example, you may not realize that your injury was the result of toxic exposure until many years after the exposure. This situation falls under the discovery rule, which states that once you discover the injury, you then have two years to file a claim. This helps people who gradually develop diseases or injuries over some time, due to negligence.