Whether you can sue Fulton County, Georgia for injuries will depend on what type of injuries that have been suffered.
For the most part, counties in the Georgia, including Fulton County, have been granted immunity from most types of injury lawsuits, and it is important for injured people to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to make that determination.
One major exception to the immunity of county governments involves injuries resulting from car accidents with county vehicles. County vehicles include school busses, Sheriff’s Department cruisers, and sewage trucks, among many others.
Georgia law provides that injuries or death arising from accidents with Fulton County vehicles, the immunity is waived up to $500,000 to any one person in an accident, and an aggregate amount of $700,000 for two or more persons injured in one accident. This means that a person or persons injured in a wreck with a county vehicle will have the ability to recover up to these amounts. Fulton County Government will have immunity for amounts greater than these limits.
Still, car accident cases involving Fulton County vehicles are not like other personal injury cases. Under Georgia law, injured persons must put the government on notice of the intent to sue. This is called an ante litem notice, and it must contain certain information pursuant to state statute in order to be valid. The ante litem notice must be presented within twelve months of the injury. If not, then the claim may be lost.
Suing Fulton County, or its various departments and offices, can be tricky. This is why it is important that if you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a county vehicle, that you call and speak to one our experienced Atlanta personal injury trial lawyers today. Our consultations are always free.