The Statute of Limitations is two years from the injury. This something that should have been addressed years ago - after the injury occurred. By deciding to let this go, she may have very well lost all claims. Even now, having a friend, even a well-meaning one, ask questions on the internet is not a serious effort. Nevertheless, SHE needs to make an appointment or two immediately with lawyers who handle medical malpractice as the primary part of their business to investigate all possible claims. Not the late night TV advertisers, lawyers with cool slogans, lawyers who solicit, or even lawyers who claim to handle everything from slip & fall to bankruptcy to traffic tickets. If she is in Rossville, that might involve traveling to Atlanta or possibly Chattanooga. She needs to make calls Monday.
Unfortunately the statute of limitations in Georgia is 2 years and it is very unforgiving. There is a very small carve out for injuries that you were unable to discover the injury (for example if a surgeon left a sponge in your abdomen during surgery that did not start to cause problems for 2-3 years). This case does not sound like it fits that description however, and your friend is not a minor, so she cannot take advantage of that safe harbor provision. Unfortunately, at this point, I think your friend is out of luck.
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