Sandersville is a beautiful, quaint town located between Macon and Augusta, and Atlanta and Savannah with historic treasures, making Sandersville a wonderful place to call home or visit. The sense of community, coupled with clean, fresh air and a wonderful downtown make many people proud to call Sandersville home. Sandersville is very industry friendly, containing four industrial parks, which allows Sandersville a gateway to world markets. Sandersville was the first U.S. city named for General George Washington, five years before he became the first president of the United States.
Sandersville is known as the “Kaolin Capital of the World”, which is a very important mineral used in hundreds of products ranging from paper to cosmetics to the nose cones of rockets. Sandersville’s Kaolin is used in medicines, paints and many other products, all of which are shipped all over the world. Roughly 2.5 tons of kaolin are shipped annually from Georgia’s “white gold” belt in the 13 counties, with the single highest percentage hailing from Sandersville. Kaolin is so important to the people of Sandersville that they hold an annual Sandersville Kaolin Festival celebrating the importance of the resource.
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 Sandersville. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Sandersville 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 Sandersville 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 Sandersville, 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 Sandersville.
While in the beautiful town of Sandersville, the last thing you will be thinking is what to do and who to call if you are injured in an automobile or trucking accident. You need to contact the Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker, and let our experienced attorneys come to you in order to make this chaotic event as least stressful as possible. The wonderful patrons and visitors of Sandersville are serviced by our East Georgia Satellite Office located in Greensboro, Georgia. We know many individuals feel they can work their personal injury accident cases on their own however the insurance companies are trained to take advantage of such individuals. We know there is no true monetary value that can be put on the pain and suffering or the trouble and inconvenience that you or your loved ones have gone through due to a personal injury accident, but our staff will make sure to fight for you to get what is due to you and your loved ones as a result of your personal injury claims. Our trained personal injury staff will travel to meet with you at your home, workplace or doctors office. So if a situation is to arise, please contact the Law Offices of Falanga and Chalker for a free initial consultation.