FAQ: Is there a certain amount of time within which i need to file a lawsuit?

Yes, there is a time limit within which all civil cases must be brought to court. If you don’t get your case filed within the time limit the claim expires and you can no longer bring it. The Georgia legislature has enacted statutes governing the time within which claims must be brought. I have referenced a few below. Please understand that there can be things can impact the time limit in your case (can either lengthen or shorten it). Do NOT rely on the information found on the web but rather contact a lawyer for a professional opinion.

  • Personal Injury – 2 years from the date of the incident O.C.G.A. §9-3-33
  • Injury to Personal Property – 4 years from the date of the incident O.C.G.A. §9-3-31;
  • Loss of Consortium (loss of services of spouse) – 4 years from the date of the incident O.C.G.A. §9-3-33;
  • Medical Malpractice Claim – 2 years after date on which injury or death from negligent act occurred O.C.G.A. §9-3-71;
  • Foreign Object Left in Body after Medical Procedure – 1 year after the discovery of the item O.C.G.A. §9-3-72;
  • Injury to Reputation (Slander, Libel) – 1 years from the date of occurrence O.C.G.A. §9-3-33
  • Breach of Contract Actions – 4 years for verbal contracts, 6 years for written contracts O.C.G.A. §9-3-25, 9-3-24.

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