How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
According to Georgia Code section 9-3-33, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This means you have two years to file your claim before you will lose your right to do so along with your right to recover compensation. There are some exceptions that can change this two-year time limit so it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney about your case as soon as you can. Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting The Fry Law Firm today.
What Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
There are three main types of compensation, also called damages, an injury victim can pursue when pursuing a personal injury claim. These damages are economic, non-economic and punitive. Economic damages are put in place to compensate the injured party for their financial losses they suffer directly related to their injuries, such as medical expenses or missed days at work due to the inability to work. Non-economic damages, perhaps the most well-known of the three, compensates the injured party for non-financial suffering such as pain and suffering, or mental anguish.
Because both economic and non-economic damages seek to compensate the injured party for a loss, they both fall under the umbrella of compensatory damages. The only type of damages that seek to do anything other than compensate the injury victim is punitive damages. Punitive damages seek to punish the negligent party, because of this they are not often awarded.