2020 Georgia Code
Title 9 - Civil Practice
Chapter 3 - Limitations of Actions
Article 3 - Limitations on Recovery for Deficiencies Connected With Improvements to Realty and Resulting Injuries
§ 9-3-53. Period of Limitations Not Extended

Universal Citation: GA Code § 9-3-53 (2020)

Nothing in this article shall extend the period of limitations prescribed by the law of this state for the bringing of any action or shall postpone the time as of which a cause of action accrues.

(Ga. L. 1968, p. 127, § 3.)

Law reviews.

- For article discussing architect liability for product design and supervision of construction, and the statute of limitations, see 14 Ga. St. B.J. 164 (1978).


Cited in Benning Constr. Co. v. Lakeshore Plaza Enters., Inc., 240 Ga. 426, 241 S.E.2d 184 (1977); Landon v. Williams Bros. Concrete Co., 149 Ga. App. 699, 256 S.E.2d 99 (1979); Lumbermen's Mut. Cas. Co. v. Pattillo Constr. Co., 254 Ga. 461, 330 S.E.2d 344 (1985); Fort Oglethorpe Assocs. II v. Hails Constr. Co., 196 Ga. App. 663, 396 S.E.2d 585 (1990).



- Validity and construction, as to claim alleging design defects, of statute imposing time limitations upon action against architect or engineer for injury or death arising out of defective or unsafe condition of improvement to real property, 93 A.L.R.3d 1242.


Cross references.

- Obtaining of discovery generally, § 9-11-26 et seq.

Declaration that action in tort lies for failure of medical practitioner to exercise reasonable degree of care and skill, § 51-1-27.

Law reviews.

- For article, "Res Ipsa Loquitur and Medical Malpractice in Georgia: A Reassessment," see 17 Ga. L. Rev. 33 (1982). For annual survey of tort law, see 35 Mercer L. Rev. 291 (1983). For article, "Medical Malpractice and the Statute of Limitations: An Update on the Discovery Rule," see 22 Ga. St. B.J. 60 (1985). For article, "State of Emergency: Why Georgia's Standard of Care in Emergency Rooms is Harmful to Your Health," see 45 Ga. L. Rev. 275 (2010). For article, "When Do State Laws Determine ERISA Plan Benefit Rights?," see 47 J. Marshall L. Rev. 145 (2014).


Separate classification of medical malpractice actions is rational exercise of legislative power. Hamby v. Neurological Assocs., P.C., 243 Ga. 698, 256 S.E.2d 378 (1979); Eubanks v. Ferrier, 245 Ga. 763, 267 S.E.2d 230 (1980); Allrid v. Emory Univ., 249 Ga. 35, 285 S.E.2d 521 (1982).

There is a rational basis for different treatment of loss of consortium actions arising out of medical malpractice, insofar as limitation of actions is concerned. Hamby v. Neurological Assocs., P.C., 243 Ga. 698, 256 S.E.2d 378 (1979).



- What constitutes physician-patient relationship for malpractice purposes, 17 A.L.R.4th 132.

Medical malpractice: instrument breaking in course of surgery or treatment, 20 A.L.R.4th 1179.

Medical malpractice: statute of limitations in wrongful death action based on medical malpractice, 70 A.L.R.4th 535.

Medical malpractice: when limitations period begins to run on claim for optometrist's malpractice, 70 A.L.R.4th 600.

Medical malpractice: physician's admission of negligence as establishing standard of care and breach of that standard, 42 A.L.R.5th 1.

Effect of fraudulent or negligent concealment of patient's cause of action on timeliness of action under medical malpractice statute of repose, 19 A.L.R.6th 475.

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