If your loved one has been injured at a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is very important that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Here’s why: procrastination can be fatal to potential lawsuits. The law does not allow an individual unlimited time to sue for an injury. The specific law that sets out the time limits for lawsuits is called a “statute of limitations”. Most lawsuits regarding injuries are state specific and the statute of limitations in each state dictate how long a plaintiff has to bring a lawsuit.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury and medical malpractice is two years. This means that a plaintiff has two years to file a lawsuit arising from an injury caused by the negligence of someone else. If you fail to bring a suit within the time set forth by the statute of limitations you are almost guaranteed to have your case dismissed by the court.
Some nursing home cases have certain other requirements that must be met prior to filing. For example, an affidavit by a medical professional supporting the claim. Acquiring these can take time.
All too often clients come to our office with horrible stories of injury and negligence only to discover that they have waited too long and no longer have the right to sue in a court of law.
Don’t procrastinate. Even if you have a lot going on in your life and you feel like you just can’t handle dealing with the legal side of your injuries, let our attorneys help you.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is very important that you call and speak to one of our experienced injury lawyers today.