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In Georgia, you may be able to sue for pain and suffering after a car accident, but there are certain requirements that must be met.
First, Georgia follows a fault-based system when it comes to car accidents. This means that the party who is determined to be at fault for the accident is responsible for the damages incurred by the other party.
To recover compensation for pain and suffering in Georgia, you must show that you suffered a serious injury as a result of the accident. Under Georgia law, a serious injury is one that involves:
- Loss of a body part;
- Permanent disfigurement;
- A fracture;
- A serious disfigurement or a serious impairment of body function; or
- A death.
“If you suffered a serious injury as a result of the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. However, the amount of compensation you receive will depend on the specific facts of your case, including the severity of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life,” explains Marietta Auto Accident Attorney Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr.
It’s important to note that Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which means that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you may be barred from recovering any compensation for your injuries.
Related: Understanding the Types of Damages Available in an Auto Accident Claim
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If you have been injured in a car accident in Georgia and believe you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, it may be helpful to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you understand your rights and options and guide you through the legal process.
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