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Blog Archive - August, 2014

6 Articles

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

August 26, 2014

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. 

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

August 07, 2014

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

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 06, 2014

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.

Liability of a Company for an Employee’s Car Accident in Georgia

August 05, 2014

Many Georgia employees regularly drive company vehicles, or they are issued a company vehicle by their employer.  These vehicles are used to commute to and from work and to perform employer-related tasks.  If you are struck by a pizza delivery vehicle, there is a good chance that the driver’s personal insurance coverage and assets might be insufficient to cover the full value of your damages.  Because the employer will have deeper pockets and more extensive insurance coverage, the liability of the company can be a critical issue when seeking compensation for car accident-related injuries and associated losses.

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