In almost all auto accident cases, the victim has both a personal injury and a property damage claim. Under Georgia law, these are two distinct claims. A plaintiff can claim both personal injury and property damages in a single lawsuit, but the court will consider them individually rather than as one claim.
Generally, auto accident victims will pursue personal injury and property damages separately. The biggest reason for this is that a property damage claim is much easier to resolve. It is not unusual for a settlement to be reached within a few days or weeks of an accident for a property damage claim. In the vast majority of cases, the property damage claim is resolved much quicker than the personal injury claim.
Can Property Damage Be Included as Part of My Settlement?
Although property claims are distinct from personal injury claims, your property damage can be considered as part of an overall settlement agreement. After all, a settlement is a private agreement between two parties and can generally include whatever terms the parties agree to. If a plaintiff has a personal injury and a property claim, it is possible to settle both in one agreement.
Types of Damage Recoverable in a Property Damage Claim
Property damage lawsuits are designed to compensate victims for vehicle damage, any other property damage that occurred as a result of an accident, and any costs associated with the vehicle damage. Common types of damages include:
- The cost of repairing or replacing the vehicle;
- The cost of repairing or replacing personal items that were inside the vehicle and were damaged as a result of the accident;
- Towing expenses if the vehicle had to be towed after the accident;
- Rental car expenses if the victim needed to rent a car following the accident; and
- The cost of repairing any other property damage that occurred as a result of the accident.
The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury and Property Damage Claims
Civil lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time under something referred to as statutes of limitations. Each state in the United States has different statute of limitations laws that establishes how long a tort victim has to bring a claim. In Georgia, personal injury and property damage claims are governed by different limitations periods. Under the Official Code of Georgia Title 9 Chapter 3 Section, auto accident victims must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of an accident and must file property damage claims within four years.
For More Information, Contact Joel Williams Law, LLC, Today
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Joel Williams Law, LLC, work hard to maximize compensation for personal injury victims in Georgia. Although our focus is on personal injury law, we will seek compensation for property damage as well when our clients also have property damage claims.
Located in Kennesaw, Georgia, Joel Williams Law, LLC, serves clients throughout the State of Georgia in both state and federal courts. Joel Williams Law, LLC, is dedicated to providing thorough, accessible, and effective service to each personal injury client it serves. If you would like to learn more or would like to schedule a free case evaluation, contact Joel Williams Law, LLC, today by calling (404) 389-1035.