The state of Georgia has extremely specific guidelines for individuals who plan to sue the state. Before you can sue the state of Georgia, you must provide ante litem notice, just as you would when suing any government entity in Georgia. This is basically an overview of how you sustained your injuries and evidence to show how a Georgia state agency was liable. In other words, it is your injury claim.
The process just for filing your ante litem notice with the state of Georgia is extremely detailed. If one step is not followed with the utmost scrutiny, your entire case could be dismissed. This makes the experience of an Atlanta personal injury lawyer invaluable, so that you can prevent tiny but devastating mistakes when submitting your ante litem notice.
Some specific requirements:
- The ante litem notice must be sent by certified mail, overnight delivery with receipt, or personal delivery with receipt;
- The ante litem notice must go to the Risk Management Department of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services; and
- A copy of the ante litem notice must be sent directly to the state agency employee you are suing via personal delivery or first-class mail.
If you don't follow any of the above requirements, or if you fail to file your ante litem notice within 12 months from the date of injury, your case could be invalidated and dismissed. If your paperwork is sufficient, the state has 90 days to respond to your ante litem notice with either a settlement offer, or denial of your claim.
If you've been injured, you don't want to leave the complicated process of suing a government entity in Georgia to chance. Contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case and determine how you should proceed.
Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.