In both civil and criminal cases in the U.S., the law sets time limits. Aiming to prevent an ongoing threat of a lawsuit, there are guidelines that specify when a person can and cannot file a claim. This is called a statute of limitations. Different types of cases have different timeframes. It’s important to know the limits imposed on filing a personal injury claim after suffering injuries in a slip and fall accident.
Georgia Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Injuries
Georgia law states that a person injured in a slip and fall has two years from the injury to file a claim. The clock starts to tick on the date of the slip and fall. After that two-year window has passed, it is likely that the court will refuse to hear the case.
This is faster than claims that concern only property. If a person falls and breaks an expensive piece of jewelry, for example, she would pursue a different type of property claim. Those cases must be filed within four years. So, it’s important to note that injury claims have a shorter window.
In rare cases, it is possible to stop the clock or get an exception to the two-year statute of limitations. This is known as tolling, and it is only possible in very specific instances.
Consider an Injury Claim Well Before the Statute of Limitations
While it may seem like two years is a long time, it can go by very quickly. It is important to file a claim as soon as possible, even if you are still receiving medical treatment for the injuries sustained in the slip and fall. It can take time to find the right lawyer and begin the process. Missing the deadline can mean victims and their families miss out on important compensation that can help them recover as fully as possible.
At The Athens Injury Law Group, our experienced legal team has helped many slip and fall victims obtain the medical care and compensation they need after an accident. We can help you understand your rights and find the most effective way forward. Call our Athens office today, or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page. You’ll reach a member of our team who can answer your questions and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.