Every state has a statute of limitations that establishes a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This deadline ensures the filing of personal injury lawsuits before evidence is lost or witnesses’ memories fade. In Georgia, you generally have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit under O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33. Claims arising from a loss of consortium have a four-year filing limit. A lawsuit filed after the statute of limitations expires will usually be dismissed by the trial court.