Led by Chief McIntosh, the Creek Indians ceded all land between the Flint and Ocmulgee Rivers and north to the Chattahoochee River on January 8, 1821, the First Treaty of Indian Springs, laying the groundwork for Spalding County and the City of Griffin. Early leaders were desperate to settle the newly acquired land, so it was given away in a lottery system, 202.5 acres at a time, used primarily for farming, but the only way to get the crops to Macon, the nearest market, was by wagon. The railroad owned by General Lewis Lawrence Griffin, received authority to build a line from Macon to Forsyth in 1833 and eventually more charters were granted to the company.
General Griffin had a vision of a town that would prosper at the crossings of a north-south train line and an east-west train line. General Griffin eventually bought 800 acres in Pike County, and made a plan for wide roadways, six churches, two schools and a cemetery. Griffin was officially incorporated on December 28, 1843. Jon Henry “Doc” Holiday is a famous resident of Griffin and the city of Griffin has memorials and monuments throughout the town remembering his legacy.
Griffin is the county seat for Spalding County and Griffin is also a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The city of Griffin is only 14 square miles, but has a population of over 30,000 people. The beautiful downtown Griffin area has been home to several fiction and nonfiction movies such as Driving Miss Daisy and The Fighting Temptations along with the television show Top Gear. Griffin offers citizens and visitors the pace and charm of small town living with convenient access to the heart of the South, located only 40 miles south of Atlanta.
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 Griffin. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Griffin 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 Griffin 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.
(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.
For instance, when filing a claim against a city such as the city of Griffin, for your personal injury claim, the Georgia state law states as follows: OCGA § 36–33–5. This statute provides, in relevant part:
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 Griffin.
If you or a loved one is ever injured in an automobile or trucking accident in Griffin, please make the right choice and contact the Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker so that an experienced attorney can fight for you and your personal injury claim. The Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker have had unparallel success in the state of Georgia advocating for plaintiff’s in their personal injury lawsuits. The Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker have four branches in Georgia, one of which being in Riverdale, just down the road from Griffin, so one of our attorneys would be happy to come to you for a free initial consultation to determine what action to take for your personal injury or wrongful death case. Please know that if you choose the Law Officers of Falanga and Chalker, you’re in great hands and you made a great decision on behalf of you or your loved ones personal injury claim. Falanga and Chalker will work hard to get the injured victim every dollar that they are entitled to for their pain and suffering associated with their automobile collision, trucking accident, personal injury or wrongful death claims.