How long do I have to file a wrongful death suit in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2019 | Wrongful Death |

When your loved one dies in Georgia because of another person’s or a company’s neglect, you may want to file a wrongful death suit. Unfortunately, you do not have forever to file the suit. Georgia has specific statute of limitations for personal injury cases including those involving wrongful death.

The National Legal Research Group, Inc. details the statute of limitations for the state on a variety of cases. For those filing under workers’ compensation, general claims have one year to file after the death of a loved one. As long as the employee was not barred from filing during their lifetime, the one-year limit also applies to asbestosis and mesothelioma individuals.

If filing a personal injury claim against a third party for the wrongful death of your loved one, the state gives you two years to file. However, if you are filing against an employer’s insurance or them, your filing limitation may be shortened to the one-year workers’ compensation filing. In some cases, you may be granted two years to file.

The statute of limitations only apply to personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Other claims may have longer or shorter filing periods. In addition, you may have cause to file suit against multiple parties involved with your loved one’s death.

The experience of an attorney can help you determine if you have a case and the time limit you have to file a lawsuit should you choose to do so. This is general information only and is not intended to provide legal advice.