Filing Injury Claims Against the Government in Georgia (Part A)

If you've been injured in an accident that was caused by another's negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. This holds true with a Georgia personal injury claim against an individual, business, or even a government entity in Georgia. 

Liability When Suing a Government Entity in Georgia

Local municipalities and even the state government as a whole can be liable for your injuries, including:

  • cities in Georgia;
  • towns in Georgia;
  • counties in Georgia; and
  • the state of Georgia. 

The process involved with suing a government entity in Georgia is much more involved than with a typical Georgia personal injury lawsuit and can be much more time-consuming. To make sure your Georgia personal injury claim or potential lawsuit is carried out in the swiftest manner, you'll want to hire an Atlanta personal injury attorney to expedite the legal process.

The Role of Ante Litem Laws When Suing a Government Entity in Georgia

When filing a claim or suing a government entity in Georgia, you have to follow a strict set of rules prescribed by ante litem laws, or risk losing all compensation to which you are entitled.
An Atlanta personal injury attorney can keep your case on track in this regard.

Ante litem
laws set the timelines and rules you must follow when suing a government entity in Georgia. You cannot file a Georgia personal injury lawsuit until after you have given ante litem notice.

Suing a Government Entity in Georgia: Local Municipalities

Within 6 months of your injury, you must send a written ante litem notice of your plans to file a Georgia personal injury claim against the municipality.

You should include the following in your ante litem notice:

  • the time and location where the accident occurred;
  • the severity of your injuries;
  • the municipality's negligence or reckless actions that caused your injury; and
  • any other pertinent details of your Georgia personal injury claim. 

Within 30 days, you should receive a response from the local municipality that either offers a settlement or denies your Georgia personal injury claim. After your claim has been denied, which is common with government entities, you can file a Georgia personal injury lawsuit with the help of your Atlanta personal injury attorney.

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