Covington is a beautiful town nestled just south of Atlanta in Newton County, Georgia. Covington was formed in 1822 and was named for United States Army General and Congressman, Leonard Covington, who was a hero in the War of 1812. Covington doubled in size as a city in 1845, with the addition of the railroad. In 1864, General Sherman’s troops marched through Covington during their March to the Sea, where most of the city was destroyed, but some of the beautiful antebellum homes in Covington were spared.
The city of Covington contains two historic districts known as the Covington Historic District and the North Covington Historic District. Each of these two places in Covington is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both districts in Covington have strict ordinances that must be followed prior to any change, thus conserving all of the beauty in downtown Covington. Gaither’s plantation is a famous attraction in Covington, hosting the Fall Festival every year.
Covington is nicknamed Hollywood South because of how often Covington has been featured in TV shows and movies since the 1970s. A few movies filmed in Covington are American Reunion, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries and the Dukes of Hazard. Covington is also home to Triple Horse Productions, which is a commercial production company.
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 Covington. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Covington 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 Covington 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 Covington, 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 Covington.
If you or a loved one is ever visiting beautiful Covington, the last thing on your mind will be if you happen to be injured in an automobile or trucking accident. If this scary event does occur, make sure you contact the trained professionals of Falanga and Chalker Law Office so that you can preserve all of your legal rights regarding your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Falanga and Chalker have a team of experienced attorneys that will come to you, to ensure that insurance companies do not take advantage of you in your personal injury claims. Insurance companies are instructed to settle personal injury claims for as little as possible, so don’t fall for their games and let the experienced accident injury attorneys of Falanga and Chalker handle your personal injury or wrongful death case for you.