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Georgia Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

Plaintiffs have time limits in which to file a civil claim, collectively called "statutes of limitations." The purpose of these laws is to ensure that claims are made while evidence is still relatively vital, and to prevent the constant "threat" of a lawsuit long after the disputed event has occurred. Georgia civil statute of limitations laws impose a two-year time limit for personal injuries and fraud, with a four-year statute of limitations for trespassing, debt collection, and injuries to personal property.

See the complete list of civil statutes of limitations laws in Georgia in the table below. FindLaw's Accidents and Injuries section contains an extensive collection of related articles and resources.

Injury to Person 2 yrs. §9-3-33
Libel/Slander 1 yr. §9-3-33
Fraud 2 yrs. §9-3-33
Injury to Personal Property 4 yrs. §9-3-32
Professional Malpractice Medical: 2 yrs., max. of 5 from act §9-3-71
Trespass 4 yrs. §9-3-30
Collection of Rents -
Contracts Written: 6 yrs. §9-3-24; Oral: 4 yrs. §9-3-26
Collection of Debt on Account 4 yrs. §9-3-25
Judgments 5 yrs. foreign judgment §9-3-20

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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