We get this question often and we have to start with the type of injury you have.
Most car wreck cases have a time limit of two years. This might be shortened if you are suing the city, or county, and you must give an ante litem notice before your two years has run. An ante litem notice for the city must be given within 6 months of the injury, and 12 months for the county. Many cases have been thrown out of court for failure to give the proper, written ante-litem notice on a timely basis. Ante litem means “before litigation.”
Most fall cases, dog bite, and trucking wreck cases have a time limit of two years from the date of the injury.
For most medical negligence cases, the time limit is two years from the date of the negligence, or possibly two years from the date of death of the injured person. Also, you have 1 year from the time of discovery of a foreign object left in your body, such as a sponge.
In Georgia, there is a five year statute of repose, which means that no case can be brought later than five years from the date of the negligence, but there are certain exceptions to this rule also.
You should seek the services of an attorney to determine your time limit on your case, as these time limits are strictly construed. There are always some exceptions that might apply to the general rule, and that might apply to your case, so the best advice is to contact an attorney to determine your time limit for your case. You should timely determine if an ante litem notice is required, and if so, an attorney will likely have to prepare that for you.