Posted by H. Lee Pruett
It is established law in Georgia that when an insurance company is served with a complaint as the plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier, the carrier has the option of answering in the name of the defendant, answering in its own name (and raising policy defenses), or filing no answer at all. The Georgia Court of Appeals recently held these options do not give the UM carrier the right to disregard the time requirements of the Civil Practice Act when the carrier voluntarily enters the case by filing an answer in its own name. Kelly v. Harris, Case No. A14A1004, 2014 Ga. App. LEXIS 776 (Ga. Ct. App., Nov. 18, 2014).