Recently an Atlanta client contacted my office in hopes of retaining legal representation for an injury claim she had against the city library. Fortunately for her, the statute of limitations had not yet passed. There is however, another requirement in Georgia that if not met, could prevent her from filing a claim successfully for her injuries!
The law in Georgia actually prohibits anyone from bringing an action against a municipality or the state without first giving them such notice as provided by the statute, O.C.G.A.§36-33-5. This code section requires all claimants to file a notice of the claim before a lawsuit can filed against that entity. This notice is called an ante litem notice and must be filed within six months of the happening of the event which caused the claim. For actions against the state the ante litem notice must be filed within twelve months of the incident giving rise to the claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence by someone employed by a municipal corporation or a state worker, you can contact The Angell Law Firm for a free consultation. Remember, if you wait you could run out of luck!