Athens, Georgia is well known for one of the major state universities, the University of Georgia, home of the Georgia Bulldogs. This is the initial reason behind the growth of the city. Along with the university there are many different attractions that will bring you to Athens such as: the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, and Georgia Theater. Every summer Athens hosts a AthFest, a non-profit music and arts festival in the downtown area. Another exciting weekend of activities takes place in the downtown streets surrounding a bicycle race called Twilight. If you just want to let your hair down and let your mind run free through historic southern streets pulsing with creative energy, this is the place for you. Mingle with artists and athletes at eclectic galleries and UGA games. Take a walk and talk to the towns people at the local watering holes. Stop and shop in funky boutiques and classic record stores. Treat yourself to exquisite cuisine and classy performances. Athens is the one place that has it all, this is where you can do it all and see it all.
Sometimes a person finds themself in a position where they have to make a personal injury claim against a city such as the city of Athens. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Athens city sidewalk . They may be involved in a car accident or trucking collision involving a city owned vehicle that was negligently driven by a city of Athens employee. Filing and pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a city governmental agency is tricky and can lead to the denial of your personal injury or wrongful death claim if certain mandatory time restrictions are not met. These mandatory time restrictions are in addition to the two year state of limitations requirement for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a city, county or state government agency, you should immediately seek legal advice from the experienced personal injury attorneys at Falanga and Chalker who can advise you of the notice (called “Ante Litem Notice”) requirements involved with your city, county or state personal injury or wrongful death claims.
For instance, when filing a claim against a city such as the city of Athens, for your personal injury claim, the Georgia state law states as follows:
OCGA § 36–33–5. This statute provides, in relevant part:
1. (a) No person, firm, or corporation having a claim for money damages against any municipal corporation on account of injuries to person or property shall bring any action against the municipal corporation for such injuries, without first giving notice as provided in subsection (b) of this Code section.
(b) Within six months of the happening of the event upon which a claim against a municipal corporation is predicated, the person, firm, or corporation having the claim shall present the claim in writing to the governing authority of the municipal corporation for adjustment, stating the time, place, and extent of the injury, as nearly as practicable, and the negligence which caused the injury. No action shall be entertained by the courts against the municipal corporation until the cause of action therein has first been presented to the governing authority for adjustment.
Additionally, a person is barred from recovering any amounts for personal injury damages that are greater than the amount of the city insurance policy limits as any amounts in excess of the insurance policy limits would be barred under the legal theory known as “Soverign Immunity”. Soverign immunity goes back in time to England where the royal rule of law was that you could not sue the king unless the king said that you could sue him. Therefore, you can’t sue the city except for the amount of their liability insurance policy because they enacted a statute that says that they are immune from any personal injury liability over and above their liability insurance policy limits for any city, including the fine city of Athens.
When you find yourself or your loved ones in the Athens area enjoying the attractions, the last thing on your mind is the possibility of having an accident. Unfortunately when an accident does occur so many individuals think they can settle their cases without an attorney. The insurance companies are trained to not be your friends when it comes to an accident. They are not there to help you. The attorneys at Falanga and Chalker are well trained to speak with the insurance companies to make sure that you and your loved ones will receive the full, fair and just compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys at Falanga and Chalker are well educated to handle many different forms of personal injury law from auto accidents, truck accidents to bicycle accidents. Last year we had over 1,000 cases come through our four different office locations and out of those cases over twenty five (25%) percent of the cases came from the Athens, Georgia area.
Our local Greensboro office location is only 40 miles from the Athens area. We have very well trained staff who will come to you to advise and sign you up with our law office. The staff at Falanga and Chalker are here to make this extremely devastating and stressful situation from an accident a little less for you and your loved ones.