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Understanding How to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Dealing with the difficult and often times complicated process of filing a lawsuit in the midst of dealing with injuries suffered because of an accident can often be too much for people. Because of this, the lawsuit is often not filed properly or on time, and they miss out on receiving the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured by another person, you should assert your rights and contact an attorney immediately. The personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are experienced in all types of personal injury lawsuits and can help get you the compensation you deserve. Contact them today if you have suffered an injury.

What to Do After You have Been Injured

Before you can look toward filing a lawsuit, you must be sure that you get treated for any injuries you have suffered. In addition to this, there are several things that should be done when you have suffered a personal injury:

  • Document injuries: It is extremely important to document any injuries you have suffered, as well as any damage to your personal property. Make sure to get copies of accident reports the police may make, take pictures, keep receipts and invoices from any medical expenses, keep notes of new symptoms, as well as documenting any time off of work because of the injury.

  • Talk to Witnesses: If there were any witnesses to the incident, get information from them, including their phone numbers, addresses, and statement about the incident.

  • Open a Claim: You should open a claim with the insurance company of the person who caused your injury.

  • Do not Speak to Anyone: Do not give any statements to anyone other than the police before talking with an attorney.

  • Do not Sign Anything: Do not sign any releases of liability or potential claims before speaking with a lawyer.

Time Limits on Lawsuits

A time limit, or ‘statute of limitations,’applies to nearly all injury-related personal injury cases filed in the Georgia civil court system. In Georgia, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit for personal injuries in court. This time period usually begins to run on the date of the accident or whatever event led to your injury. It is crucial to abide by this time limit because if you attempt to file your lawsuit after this time period, the court will almost certainly refuse to hear your case, and you will have lost any right to receive compensation for your injuries. However, it should be noted that when filing an injury claim against city or county, other notice provisions (ante litem notice) also applies and can be as short as six months from the date of the injury. If you believe you have a claim it is imperative that you speak with an attorney sooner rather than later to ensure all time limitations and notice provisions are met.

Contact an Attorney

Filing a lawsuit is often a difficult process that is only further complicated by attempting to deal with injuries and unexpected complications stemming from your injury. If you have been injured by another person, contact the personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. They are experienced in all types of personal injury cases and can help get you the compensation you deserve.