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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Verizon Pays $3 Million for Brain Injury Caused in Cell Phone-Related Auto Accident

December 18, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Verizon has agreed to pay $3 million to a nurse who suffered a brain injury when she was rear-ended by a Verizon employee driving a bucket truck.  The Verizon truck driver was on hold with a customer on his personal cell phone and looking at the display of his business cell phone at the time of the collision according to the lawsuit filed in the case.  The Verizon bucket truck slammed into the nurse’s parked car rear-ending the plaintiff’s vehicle.

McDonalds Happy Meal Toy Recalled Because It Poses a Choking Hazard

December 18, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

McDonalds and other fast food chains have come under fire for the inducements they use to encourage kids to eat food that might not be the healthiest choice.  Happy Meal toys are one of the most enticing lures for kids.  However, a new concern about McDonalds Happy Meal toys has nothing to do with nutrition.  The toy, which was included in Happy Meals sold from October to November 2014, has been determined to be a choking hazard.

Four Lessons from the Tracy Morgan Walmart Trucking Accident

December 17, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for injuries Morgan suffered when a Walmart truck slammed into a vehicle in which he was an occupant.  Two other occupants were injured and one died.  While it is still too early to predict the outcome of the lawsuit, the criminal case filed against the driver suggests that he might have violated hours of service rules.  The Morgan case provides an opportunity to consider a number of insights about tractor-trailer cases.

Study Reveals Spinal Cord Injury Risk Increasing Especially for Seniors

December 17, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Whether you are injured in a tractor-trailer collision, fall from a scaffolding or other serious accident, a spinal cord injury (SCI) can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life.  Because the spinal cord functions as the communication highway between your brain and body, injury to your spinal cord can adversely affect your sensory perception and motor functions.  In extreme cases, a person experiences a complete loss of use and feeling in the lower extremities (paraplegia) or all extremities (quadriplegia).

Deadline for Filing General Motors Injury Ignition Switch Claims Extended

December 17, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

This blog has recently covered the extensive recalls of General Motors vehicles linked to fault ignitions switches.  A compensation program was established by GM for victims who suffered injury or wrongful death in collisions involving the defect.  While the original deadline to submit a claim for compensation from the fund established by GM was December 31, 2014, the compensation program’s administrator Kenneth Feinberg has just announced the deadline has been extended to January 31, 2015 according to Reuters.  Approximately 4.5 million past and present owners of vehicles subject to the recall received notice of the extension.

Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers Because of the Risk of Finger Amputation

December 17, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Strollers provide parents with a necessary means of transporting their infant.  The precious cargo inside a stroller makes defects extremely worrisome because they can put kids at-risk for significant injury.  Many small children suffer injuries caused by defective products each year.  Parents should be aware of a new recall that has just been announced by Graco, which covers eleven models of strollers. 

Federal Regulators Take Steps to Improve Passenger Safety in Rollover Bus Accidents

December 16, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

A recent crash involving two double decker buses in New York that made national news is another in a long line of motorcoach and large bus accidents in recent years.  Many of these bus accidents have involved shady tour bus companies with poor safety records.  Against the background of the recent New York crash that caused eleven injuries, the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new regulations designed to protect occupants of motorcoaches and large buses during rollover accidents.

Study Finds Georgia Ranks 14th for Worst Drivers in the United States

December 16, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

All of us who have experienced rush hour traffic in Atlanta know that we have our fair share of lousy drivers, but a new study quantifies what many of us know from experience.  The good news is that there are more than a dozen states with worse drivers than Georgia.  The bad news is that Georgia is ranked as the 14th worst state for bad drivers according to a new study. 

Tragic Fatal Accident Involving Expectant Mother Allegedly Caused by Faulty Ignition Switch

December 16, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Keisha Vest, 26, was driving to work in her Chevrolet Cobalt that was purchased two weeks earlier when tragedy struck.  The young mother, who was pregnant and looking forward to having another child, was involved in a fatal collision that claimed her life and that of her unborn child.  According to the lawsuit filed in the case, the brakes of Vest’s vehicle failed, causing her to lose control of her vehicle at a stop sign.  When the brakes failed, she lost control of the vehicle as it lurched into the intersection where her vehicle was struck by a semi-truck.

Savannah Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Blind Spot Accident Risks

December 16, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While attentive drivers might be aware of vehicles and potential road hazards in the vicinity, many motorists fail to adequately check their blind spots before executing turns or changing lane.  A blind sport refers to an area of the roadway that is not visible to a driver when using mirrors.  As experienced Savannah car accident lawyers, we have successfully represented many people injured in blind spot crashes.  When vehicles travel in your blind spot, the risk of a collision increases.  Frequently, blind spots are located over a passenger car driver’s right and left shoulder where pillars connect the body of the vehicle to the roof.  The positioning of cargo and passengers can also create blind spots.

Will Legalizing Medical Marijuana Increase Accidents Involving Stoned Drivers?

December 10, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

The Georgia General Assembly is currently contemplating legalizing medical marijuana.  While the decriminalization of marijuana has been a growing trend in many states, the potential impact on motor vehicle accident fatality rates should be considered as part of any liberalization of cannabis possession and use laws in Georgia.  A committee has been appointed and assigned the responsibility to make recommendations regarding moving forward on a medical marijuana law in Georgia according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  This proposal follows a failed effort last year to reach a compromise on the passage of House Bill 885, which would have permitted the use of cannabis by individuals suffering with seizure disorders.

Product Liability Claims Based on Inadequate Warnings

December 09, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Many people might be aware that a company can be liable for a defectively designed or manufactured product that causes injury.  Fewer people know that a manufacturer can be financially liable for failing to properly label a product that otherwise is designed and manufactured properly.  Generally, companies can be subject to a product liability claim or lawsuit when a product fails to come with adequate warnings regarding foreseeable dangers posed by the product.  Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates represent clients in product liability lawsuits, including those involving inadequate warnings.

Pending Lawsuits Allege Guardrail Manufacturers Financially Motivated to Compromise Safety

December 03, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Guardrails are intended to make our highways and freeways safer by reducing the risk of roadway departure accidents.  However, a number of lawsuits have recently been filed by car accident injury and fatality victims who claim a cost-saving motivated guardrail design has compromised the safety of vehicle occupants.  According to media reports and pending lawsuits, the redesigned guardrail, referred to as ET Plus by Trinity Industries, has less metal at the end of the guardrail.  This modification allegedly has caused the ends of the guardrail to splinter off and become a knife slicing through motor vehicles in collisions.

Bounce House Flies Forty Feet Injuring Two Toddlers Playing Inside

December 03, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While bounce houses are a common sight in most residential neighborhoods, some high profile accidents involving this type of recreational equipment has raised questions regarding the safety of bounce houses and similar inflatables.  A recent example involved a bounce house that was swept up by a gust of wind and flew an astounding forty feet before crashing back to earth.  Two toddlers who were playing inside the bounce house were both injured in the accident according to the USA Today report.

Recall Efforts Involving Exploding Air Bags To Be Intensified

November 24, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

When motorists who are wearing a seat belt are involved in a low impact collision, they are normally reasonably protected from incurring a serious injury.  Air bags are an important safety feature that contributes to this sense of security.  Most drivers do not expect that air bags, which are designed to prevent injury, will cause severe injury or a fatality during a collision.  However, the tragic death of Hien Tran earlier this month purportedly caused by projectiles from an exploding air bag has resulted in stepped effort to identify and remove the defective safety devices.


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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.