State authorities officially opened up what is Rockdale County to settlers in 1816 and 1821. W.D. Conyers, from nearby Covington, was a banker who bought up land and deeded a right-of-way to the railroad and the village of Conyers Station was born. In 1854, the village grew to 400 residents and was incorporated into a town, called Conyers. Conyers is located 24 miles east of Atlanta. Conyers is the county seat for Rockdale County. During General Sherman’s March to the Sea in 1964, he believed that downtown Conyers was too beautiful to destroy, so he and his troops did not loot in Conyers.
In 1870, the Georgia legislature acknowledged Rockdale as a county and Conyers quickly grew to upwards of 1800 people. In 1944, a group of 20 monks from Kentucky arrived and bought a 2,000 acre plantation in Conyers and began what is now known as The Monastery of the Holy Spirit, one of the largest in Georgia. In the summer of 1996, Conyers was host to part of the Centennial Olympic Games at the Georgia International Horse Park, attracting over 600,000 people for the games. All of the equestrian events, as well as the first ever mountain biking Olympic competition were held in Conyers at the Georgia International Horse Park. Conyers has continued to grow since the Olympic Games, now being home to over 80,000 people.
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 Conyers. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Conyers 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 Conyers 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 Conyers, 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 Conyers.
If you live in Conyers or are visiting Conyers and are injured in an automobile or trucking accident, please make the right decision and contact the Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker immediately. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Falanga and Chalker will come to you, and assist you in the best way possible to preserve your personal injury or wrongful death legal rights. Falanga and Chalker have a track record which speaks for itself, and they will get you every penny that you or your loved one deserves for your personal injury claims. Insurance companies will try to take advantage of you, but with the enlisted help of Falanga and Chalker, you can feel confident that this will not happen to you. And remember, at Falanga and Chalker the initial personal injury or wrongful death consultation is always free.