Georgia Personal Injury Law Blog


By Montlick & Associates

Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates would like to welcome you to our legal blog. The blog is designed to provide helpful information to injury victims about their legal rights and remedies, and to promote family safety so that accidents can be prevented before they happen. While our attorneys and staff have provided information on many topics, we know that you may have specific questions based on your unique situation. We invite you to contact us for your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers so that we can evaluate your case, let you know about your legal rights and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights, and to address your specific concerns and questions.

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Montlick and Associates Encourages Georgians to Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day

August 26, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Labor Day weekend means family outings, sports events, camping trips and travel for many people, but traffic accidents also are more common on holiday weekends because of the increased traffic and the tendency to celebrate with alcohol.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Laborl Day weekend car accidents claim the lives of an average of 161 people across the U.S. each year.  The IIHS also reports that four out of every ten of these fatalities involve an intoxicated driver. 

Jury Awards Double Amputee $20 Million in Horrific Georgia Railcar Accident

August 08, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

A worker who was allegedly injured when he was hit by a railcar after the railcar’s hand brake failed was awarded over $20 million by a Georgia jury.  The award was one of the most substantial jury awards returned by a Georgia jury in 2012 according to a recent summary of the largest 2012 verdicts in Georgia compiled by the Daily Report.

Police Remind Public to Move-Over in Wake of Two Recent Accidents

August 07, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

In the wake of two separate incidents where emergency workers were struck by motorists in the span of two days, law enforcement authorities are reminding the public about Georgia’s “Move Over” law according to an 11 Alive report.  The report indicates that a DeKalb County woman has been charged with reckless driving and DUI after she hit a Sandy Springs police officer on the side of the road.  The force of the impact propelled the police officer’s cruiser over a hundred feet from a stopped position according to the report.  Earlier the same week, Patrick Brownlee, a tow truck driver, died after he was hit on I-20 while trying to load a disabled vehicle.  Our personal injury attorneys and staff at Montlick and Associates offer condolences to the victims and their families and urge motorists to respect Georgia’s move-over law.

NYC Settles Wrongful Death Claim Involving Alleged Fatal Beating of Inmate for $2.75 Million

August 07, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

New York City has settled a wrongful death claim for $2.75 million that involves the death of a prison inmate.  Ronald Spear’s family claims that guards brutally beat their loved one to death according to the New York Times.  The settlement was reached after the medical examiner determined that the death was a homicide caused by “blunt force trauma” to the head.  The medical examiner’s report also indicated that Spear suffered blunt force trauma to his torso and arms.  Spear walked with a cane and had kidney issues at the time of the attack according to the court filing.  The lawsuit alleged that the attack was in retaliation for Spear’s complaints that prison doctors and guards were withholding treatment for his kidney condition.

Vanderbilt University Program Demonstrates How Higher Hand-Washing Rates Can Prevent Hospital Infections

August 07, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Medical malpractice in a hospital setting can take many forms, such as wrong limb amputation, failure to diagnose a heart attack and other potentially life-threatening medical errors.  One of the most significant and overlooked form of medical malpractice that can threaten patient safety involves inadequate hygiene and infection prevention measures.  A recent program implemented at Vanderbilt University Hospital has focused attention on both the need for improvement and the potential effectiveness of better hygiene measures.

Montlick and Associates Notes New Evidence Showing Rear Facing Car Seats Keep Kids Safer

July 31, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are firmly committed to promoting child safety. We are involved in a number of programs designed to increase awareness about child safety issues, especially those involving motor vehicle safety. Because of our commitment to this goal, we have reviewed with great interest a recent study that suggests rear facing car seats might keep children safer.

More Common Questions About Accidents Caused By Red Light Running

July 30, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

This is Part II of our two-part blog post on intersection accidents that occur because a driver runs a red light. We invite you to read Part I for answers to more questions. If you have questions about your unique situation, we invite you to speak to a Georgia personal injury attorney at Montlick and Associates.

The Used Car You Are Thinking About Purchasing Might be Subject to a Safety Recall

July 30, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

With daily coverage of the spiraling number of GM vehicles that may be subject to recall, which is currently at 27 million, motorists might well forget that there are other vehicles that pose safety risks.  While purchasers of new vehicles can rest assured that new car dealerships should not sell vehicles that have unrepaired safety recall issues, there is no legislation requiring that safety recall issues be repaired before used vehicles are sold.  This means that many drivers who buy used cars, pickups or SUV's could be driving around in a vehicle that has safety issues serious enough to justify a recall.

Liability for Injuries Suffered in Georgia Dirt Bike Accidents

July 29, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

During the summer, many people engage in adrenaline producing recreational activities that can cause serious injury. One common form of potentially dangerous summer activity involves off-roading on dirt bikes. There are hundreds of children who die, and thousands more who are injured annually in accidents that involve a minibike, dirt bike, trail bike, motorcycle or moped or motorscooter. A CDC report found that the majority of these accidents that cause injuries to children involve male dirt bike riders (also known as "trail bikes" and "off-road bikes").

Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Likely to Engage in Other Unsafe Driving Practices

July 29, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

As if using a cell phone while driving is not risky enough, a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that drivers who engage in this dangerous driving practice are more likely to engage in other unsafe driving practices.  The study revealed that motorists using cell phones are more likely to engage in drowsy driving, speeding or driving without a seat belt.  Ironically, the report revealed that 89 percent of those in the study believe other drivers talking on a cell phone threatens their safety, but 69 percent of individuals in the study admitted to doing just that during the preceding thirty day period.

New Studies Provide Insight into Factors Contributing to Drowsy Driving Epidemic

July 28, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While it has long been acknowledged that drowsy driving is extremely unsafe, two new studies provide insight into factors that might explain why accidents related to sleep deprivation are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 police reported crashes per year are caused by sleep-deprived drivers. These accidents claim the lives of 1,550 people and cause injury to 71,000 more. The annual estimated economic cost of these accidents is $12.5 billion.

Cell Phone Conversations and the Myth of Multi-Tasking

July 28, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While Georgia prohibits all motorists from text messaging while operating a motor vehicle, talking on the phone is not subject to a universal ban. Georgia's disparate treatment of text messaging and talking on cell phones when driving is mirrored by a number of other states. Georgia does restrict ALL cell phone use for novice drivers and bus drivers. However, our state's treatment of cell phone calling and driving is based on the misconception that people can effective multi-task behind the wheel. The reality is that using a cell phone for any purpose while driving is potentially dangerous.

Lawsuit Claims Psychiatric Ward Held Patient for 20 Years Based on Misdiagnosis

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Mental hospitals are intended to be places of therapy and treatment for those suffering from mental illness. However, the poor condition of many mental health facilities because of underfunding has been well-documented. While the prospect of landing in a mental health facility that is short on funds and staff might be a disturbing proposition, the prospect is far more alarming if you are erroneously diagnosed and locked up for decades.

New Report Finds Over 2,500 Georgia Doctors Do Not Carry Medical Malpractice Coverage

July 28, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Our Georgia medical malpractice insurance attorneys at Montlick and Associates recognize that patient's seeking medical care typically presume that their doctors are competent. While most physicians are skilled professionals, preventable medical errors and omissions account for approximately 98,000 deaths per year according to the Institute for Medicine. To put this number in perspective, this would make medical errors the sixth leading cause of death if it were included as a category by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), approximately half of U.S. physicians admit failing to report incompetence or mistakes.


Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied up as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.