Georgia Personal Injury Guide
Georgia has everything from insane gridlock traffic on seven-lane highways to gorgeous sandy beaches – which can mean every type of personal injury and accident. Maybe it's you who was hurt and needs help, or perhaps it was a friend or family member. Whatever the case, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris is here for you.
Georgia Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Georgia statutes online
This is where you’ll find Georgia's laws. The website has information regarding how long you have to bring a case, damage caps on personal injury claims, and other helpful information.
Georgia Code Online
Georgia's car accident statutes of limitation
In Georgia, you have two years to bring a personal injury claim, but four years to bring a property damage claim. That doesn't mean the whole lawsuit must be completed in that time frame; all that means is the paperwork has to be filed with the court before that time is up.
Car accident lawsuit time limits by state
Finding the right Georgia lawyer
The initial meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Keep in mind that other legal specialties, such as patent law or estate planning law, are different.)
After that, lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus office expenses. If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be shocked if your lawyer suggests something different.
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Cases of interest and business law in Georgia
These are some of the most important Supreme Court cases that came out of Georgia:
- Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238 (1972): This case led to a moratorium on the death penalty until it complied with the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution (meaning the "cruel and unusual punishment" clause). Furman, a burglar, accidentally shot his victim during the commission of a felony, which is first-degree murder and grounds for the death penalty in the state of Georgia. However, in a 5-4 decision, Justice Potter wrote, "These death sentences are cruel and unusual in the same way that being struck by lightning is cruel and unusual... I simply conclude that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments cannot tolerate the infliction of a sentence of death under legal systems that permit this unique penalty to be so wantonly and so freakishly imposed." It was described as a "legal bombshell" by scholars and changed the landscape for decades.
- Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976): This case reinstated the death penalty after Furman. It consolidated a number of cases, with different states working to reshape their death penalty statutes so that they complied with the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Each of the defendants in the consolidated cases had asked the Justices to once and for all declare the death penalty to be "cruel and unusual punishment," and legal scholars thought that this case would spell the end for the practice. On the contrary, this case ended the moratorium.
- Heart of Atlanta Motel Inc. v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964), was a case in which the Supreme Court held that the United States Congress could use the power within the Constitution's Commerce Clause to force private businesses to abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The owner did not want to rent rooms to black customers and felt it was within his rights to refuse to do so under the Constitution. The Supreme Court, on the other hand, said that the government had power under the Commerce Clause because the renting of rooms was related to "interstate travel." They granted a permanent injunction that required the hotel to refrain from racial discrimination.
Data and statistics
Here is some intriguing data about the state of Georgia.
Georgia law libraries
There are certain issues you can solve without the help of an attorney. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like Westlaw or LexisNexis. Georgia has many, many law libraries to help you:
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