Frequently Asked Questions in Personal Injury Cases
What is the Statute of Limitations?
The statute of limitations is a time limit of how long an individual has to file a claim, if an injury victim tries to file a claim outside of this time limit, they will most likely lose their right to pursue compensation. States have varying statute of limitations, in Georgia, the statute of limitations is determined by the Georgia Code section 9-3-33, which states that the personal injury statute of limitations is two years.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Case?
There are three categories of damages available in personal injury cases, economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic damages, as the name suggests compensates for financial losses associated with an injury such as missed days at work and medical expenses. Non-economic damages compensate for all the abstract losses economic damages don’t cover such as emotional distress and pain and suffering. Both economic and non-economic damages are known as compensatory damages, which means their main purpose is to compensate the injured party for a specific loss. Punitive damages differ from compensatory damages in that their main purpose is to punish the negligent party, as such they are not often awarded.