Eatonton is one of those beautiful old-time historical cities in Georgia. Famous for the Uncle Remus Museum and it’s courthouse is one of the oldest in the state. The city hall is located in the historic former post office located on Jefferson Avenue. Eatonton is a municipality with a population of approximately 7,000 residents and is the county seat for Putnam County. Eatonton prides itself for having some of the lowest service fees for trash, gas, occupational taxes and alcohol licenses.
There are two lakes in Putnam County for the fishing and boating person being Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair. For nature lovers there is the Oconee National Forrest. Eatonton is home to famous authors Joel Chandler Harris who authored the Uncle Remus series of stories and Alice Walker who authored the book entitled Color Purple. Additionally, Eatonton is home to the two time Olympic Gold winner Vincent Hancock for rifle shooting.
The principal industry located in Eatonton was the mobile home industry known nationally as Horton Homes. Eatonton is also known for it’s Plaza Art Center which attracts national, regional, local, and international performers. Eatonton has a very popular summer concert series known as the “Meet Me at the Plaza” which offers outdoor entertainment on the Plaza Arts Center lawn.
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 Eatonton. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Eatonton 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 Eatonton 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 Eatonton, 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 Eatonton.
The law offices of Falanga & Chalker have been privileged to represent many of the fine citizens of the city of Eatonton. The local branch office of Falanga & Chalker located at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia is only about 15 miles from the city of Eatonton. Falanga & Chalker has represented many clients in the past from Eatonton and prides itself as being a law firm that caters to the local residents of Eatonton.
If you are in need of a personal injury law firm that has a proven track record with the insurance companies and is respected by the local judicial community surrounding Eatonton, then Falanga & Chalker is your choice for your accident injury related claims. Falanga & Chalker will work hard to protect your rights and to seek just and adequate compensation for your injuries. Falanga & Chalker has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured victims. If you want the best personal injury representation, then Falanga & Chalker is who you need on your side.