Georgia Personal Injury Laws Statutory Rules
If you’re involved in an accident-related insurance claim or lawsuit in Georgia, it helps to know some things about the Georgia laws that could apply to your case. In this article, we’ll look at a few key Georgia personal injury laws.
A time limit, or “statute of limitations,” applies to all injury-related personal injury cases filed in Georgia’s civil court system. In Georgia, you have two years to file a lawsuit in court. The “clock” on this deadline usually starts running on the date of your accident or whatever led to your injury.
For injury claims against a city or county, you have six months to file a formal claim. For claims against the state, you have two years. See: Injury Claims Against The Government
Georgia Comparative Fault Laws
In some cases, when you try to file a court case or insurance claim after suffering an injury, the other party will turn around and claim that you’re actually the one at fault — in whole or in part — for the accident. What happens then?
Georgia Auto Insurance Laws
Georgia is a “fault” state when it comes to auto insurance claims. This means those injured in Georgia car accidents have multiple options for seeking compensation for losses. They can file a claim with their own insurance company, file a third-party claim directly with the other driver’s insurance company, or file a lawsuit in court.
“Strict” Liability for Dog Bite/Attack Cases
In many states, dog owners are protected (to some degree) from injury liability the first time their dog injures someone if they had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous. This is often called a “one bite” rule. In Georgia however, a specific statute (Ga. Code Ann. § 51-2-7) makes the owner “strictly liable”, meaning regardless of the animal’s past behavior, the dog owner is responsible for a personal injury caused by his/her dog.
Specifically, Georgia’s strict liability dog bite statute provides that if the plaintiff can show that the dog should have been on a leash or “at heel”, but wasn’t, the dog owner is liable for any resulting injuries.
Damage Caps in Georgia Personal Injury Cases
Some states have caps on damages in personal injury cases. These caps limit the amount of damages an injured person or family can receive in certain types of cases, or for certain types of losses.
Further Reading on Georgia Injury Law
Title 51 of the Georgia Code provides more information on a wide range of personal injury cases. For information on motor vehicle accidents and insurance specifically, see Title 40.