Watkinsville was originally known as the “Big Springs” community, which was a village located on the dangerous western frontier of the new United States between the Creek and Cherokee territories. The Eagle Tavern, believed to stand on the site of the old Fort Edward, in Watkinsville, opened in 1803 and today is a museum which commemorates the era of wagon and stage travel. Watkinsville first appeared in Clarke County records in 1791, and on November 24, 1806 Watkinsville became an official city, becoming the county seat for Clarke County, where it remained until 1872. The Elder Mill Covered Bridge, in south Watkinsville, is one of few remaining covered bridges in Georgia and also one of the last wooden bridges being used on a public road.
Watkinsville was one of the locations considered for the University of Georgia, but ultimately Watkinsville lost out on its bid to Athens. However, residents of Watkinsville became angry, and vowed to create their own county for the city of Watkinsville to reside. In 1875, Oconee county was named for the Oconee River along its eastern border and Watkinsville has been striving ever sense.
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 Watkinsville. For instance, they might trip and fall on a defectively designed or hazardous Watkinsville 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 Watkinsville 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 Watkinsville, 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 Watkinsville.
If you find yourself visiting the Ashford Manor or any other beautiful attraction in Watkinsville, and you are involved in an automobile or trucking accident, please allow the experienced and well trained attorneys at the law offices of Falanga and Chalker to handle this tumultuous event for you, so that you can continue enjoying everything Watkinsville has to offer. Here at Falanga and Chalker, we have a satellite office in Greensboro, Georgia and one of our attorneys would gladly come to you to assist you in anyway with your personal injury claim. The Greensboro office of Falanga & Chalker handles personal injury cases everyday, with the Watkinsville and Athens area consisting of over 25 % of their caseload. Please remember that our initial consultations are free and we know how to get you every penny you or your loved ones deserve for your accident and injury claims.