What You Need to Know About Georgia Negligence Laws

Were you involved in a car accident or some form of incident where you or the other party was injured? The aftermath of these incidents can be quite stressful. Here’s everything you need to know about Georgia’s negligence laws.

Negligence in Georgia

When filing a claim, proving negligence is one of the most important steps. Negligence means the careless actions of one individual had resulted in another individual’s or their property’s damage.

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Georgia is an at-fault and a modified comparative negligence state. Georgia being an at-fault state means the individual “at fault” of the personal injury or property damage is required to compensate for the damages.

Since Georgia follows the modified comparative negligence theory, you (the injured party) can recover compensation for the damages as long as you are less than 50% responsible for the incident. If you were 49% at fault, you can receive compensation for 51% of the damages and vice versa.

Georgia Code Title 51 states “negligence on the part of the plaintiff doesn’t prevent recovery of damages provided the plaintiff’s fault is less than 50%… a plaintiff’s damages will be reduced by an amount in proportion to their fault.”

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