Blog Archive - October, 2017


30 Articles

Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries – What You Should Know

October 31, 2017

Cerebral Palsy and Birth Injuries – What You Should Know From a Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of children throughout the United States.  It can develop before, during, or after birth, depending on the circumstances of the pregnancy and delivery of the child.  This condition is unique to every single child, as the way in which cerebral palsy develops is different.  In some instances, a genetic mutation can be blamed for contributing to the development of cerebral palsy.  In other instances, cerebral palsy may be caused by an injury sustained at birth.  In such cases, it is important to investigate to what extent a child may have suffered an injury at birth.

The Potential Dangers of Push-Button Start Ignitions

October 30, 2017

Georgia Product Liability Attorney Discusses the Potential Dangers of Push-Button Start Ignitions

Car manufacturers continuously use new advanced technology to make a car that they feel is safer and more convenient for the driver.  A “convenience” that many cars now have is a push-button start ignition.  This type of ignition allows the driver to hold the key in his or her pocket, and start the car by simply pushing a button after getting into the car.  Unbeknownst to many drivers, they may get out of their car and forget to push the button to turn the car off.  In some situations, a car may not even sound like it is turned on, especially with hybrids.

Georgia Slip and Fall Law FAQs

October 29, 2017

Our Experienced Georgia Slip and Fall Lawyers Answer Common Slip and Fall Law FAQs

Injuries resulting from slip and falls are the number one cause of emergency room visits in the United States. Sometimes serious injuries can result from a fall, leading to the need for extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and missed work. While falls are sometimes nothing more than an accident, there are times when injuries from falls can be attributable to another person’s negligence. In these cases, the injured person might be able to collect compensation for his or her injuries by pursuing a premises liability claim, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering, and more.

Hospital-Acquired Infections and Pediatric Patients

October 28, 2017

Hospital-Acquired Infections and Pediatric Patients: What You Should Know from a Georgia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Hospitals and other large healthcare facilities are intended to provide necessary medical treatment to patients to help them recover for their ailments.  While hospitals must take every possible measure to keep the atmosphere clean, given the number of patients and the variety of diseases present, some patients acquire illnesses or diseases while at the hospital.  Hospitals have a responsibility to follow laws, rules, regulations, and policies to meet certain standards to reduce the risk that patients, especially children, are at risk for suffering a serious hospital-acquired illness.

Understanding Georgia Laws Regarding Texting While Driving

October 27, 2017

Understanding Georgia Laws Regarding Texting While Driving 

What You Should Know

Most, if not all states have laws that prohibit texting, and even hand-held phones in general, while driving.  In Georgia, texting while driving has been illegal for nearly seven years.  However, using handheld phones is only illegal for individuals under the age of 18.  Regardless of whether using hand-held phones is legal or not for adults, it can still be a distracting habit that increases the chance that an accident can happen.

The Serious Consequences of Highway Hypnosis on Georgia Highways

October 27, 2017

The Serious Consequences of Highway Hypnosis – Tips You Should Know from a Georgia Car Accident Attorney

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians take road trips every year both in and outside of the state of Georgia.  Regardless of a driver’s skill level, road hypnosis and drowsy driving are significant concerns that can hit anyone at any given time.  While a significant number of auto accidents relate to distracted driving, speeding, running a red light, and driving under the influence, among others, drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel are also significant factors that have led to catastrophic accidents resulting in both severe injuries and death.

Dog Breed Regulations Throughout the Georgia

October 25, 2017

Georgia Dog Bite Attorney Discusses Dog Breed Regulations Throughout the State of Georgia

The state of Georgia has various dog breed laws that are different based on the city and county that you live in. Because every city and county is unique, there are no uniform dog breed laws applicable all across the state of Georgia.  As such, both dog owners and community members should have a good understanding of whether there are dog breed restrictions where they live.  As dog bites and attacks continue to harm innocent victims throughout Georgia, local communities have been implementing restrictions on certain breeds known to be involved in many dog bites or attacks.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Continue the Tradition of Support for Hurricane Victims

October 24, 2017

A Continued Tradition of Supporting Hurricane Victims

In the last few months, our region of the world unfortunately witnessed severe storms that tragically claimed many lives, and destroyed millions of dollars worth of damage to property and infrastructure.  Hurricane Harvey blasted Texas, leaving homes flooded and families displaced.  Almost immediately afterwards, Irma caused destruction like we have not seen in quite a while across Central America and the southeastern United States.  In times of catastrophe and turmoil, hurricane victims not only need to seek a place to live, but also require amenities such as clothing, shoes, soap, essential toiletries, and medication, among other necessities.  Montlick & Associates is proud to help.

How to Avoid Injuries or Death While Riding on an ATV

October 23, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Discusses ATV Safety and How to Avoid Injuries or Death

All-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, are enjoyable and exciting vehicles that provide entertainment, fun, and purpose to both children and adults.  However, like any other motor vehicle, ATVs can be dangerous, posing a risk of harm to both the drivers and passengers.  Because there is a risk of suffering an injury while operating an ATV or being a passenger, it is important to follow basic safety guidelines promulgated by the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ASI) to ensure riders are taking all possible safety measures to reduce the chance of being involved in an accident.

Recent Amusement Park Tragedy Sheds Light on a Real Problem

October 22, 2017

Recent Amusement Park Tragedy Sheds Light on a Real Problem Our Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains

Amusement park rides are a staple of childhood in America for many people.  Most children and adults have been to a state fair or an amusement park where they have been on rides.  Most people going to amusement parks and state fairs expect that the rides they are about to go on our safe.  After all, families want to enjoy an amusement park ride with a feeling that their safety is being considered first and foremost.  It may come as a surprise to many people that there is no standard method for regulating the inspection and safety of amusement park rides throughout the country.  As such, laws from state to state can be very different.

Georgia Personal Injury Law FAQs

October 21, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury FAQs From Our Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers

A person can sustain injuries caused by another person or company from many types of accidents, including automobile accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and others.  We here at Montlick & Associates know how serious and debilitating injuries caused by someone else's negligence can be, resulting in costly medical care, lost income, disability, and Pain and Suffering.  In this blog article, our Personal Injury Attorneys will generally discuss frequently asked questions (FAQs) pertaining to personal injury claims.

Bicycle Accident & Safety Tips by the Georgia Department of Transportation

October 20, 2017

Bicycle Safety Tips Provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation – What You Should Know

Sharing the road enables both motorists and cyclists to get from point A to B as safely as possible.  There are rules and regulations that apply to both cyclists and motorists, however, many of them are not aware of additional safety tips that are recommended by the Georgia Department of Transportation.  For example, while it is not illegal for cyclists to take certain actions (such as failing to wear a helmet), it is still a good idea for them to follow safety tips to help both themselves and fellow motorists on the roadways.  The overall goal of practicing smart safety tips is to help every Georgia resident get where he or she needs to go without being involved in an unnecessary accident.

The Importance of Healthy Tires and Accident Prevention

October 18, 2017

Georgia Car Accident Attorney Discusses the Importance of Healthy Tires and Accident Prevention

A car's tires are an extremely important component that helps to ensure a car is safe to operate.  While we all know we should check our tires periodically, many drivers do not do so.  Tires wear over time and often need to be rotated and evaluated to ensure there is no damage or that can pose a risk to both the driver and others on our streets and highways.  Tires are just as important as breaks, but because breaks are used more aggressively than tires, some drivers are more concerned with brake wear than they should be relative to tires.

Georgia Car Accident Attorney Discusses Which Drivers Are Least Likely to Wear Seatbelts

October 17, 2017

Georgia Car Accident Attorney Discusses Which Drivers Are Least Likely to Wear Seatbelts

A great majority of Georgia drivers and passengers have an understanding that failing to wear a seatbelt is both against the law and poses a risk of suffering even more severe injuries or death if that driver is involved in an accident.  Despite the evidence linking the severity of injuries to failing to wear a seatbelt, many groups of drivers continue to drive without wearing one.

Eight Nursing Home Residents Dead Following Hurricane Irma

October 16, 2017

Our Nursing Home Injury Attorneys Report Eight Nursing Home Residents Dead Following Hurricane Irma – What Went Wrong?

Hurricane Irma was a tragic event that will take a long time to recover from.  Not only did the Florida Keys see catastrophic damage, but many other residents in South Florida experienced the consequences of not having power in combination with bad weather and a hot summer.  As the country begins to mourn for all who were tragically lost in Florida and abroad, many questions arise as to what went wrong when eight innocent nursing home residents died of heat-related illnesses.

Child Seat Laws and Child Seat Safety in Georgia

October 15, 2017

Child Seat Safety in Georgia – Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Child Seat Laws

Children are vulnerable from birth onward. Regardless of whether children are young enough to still be in a car seat, or old enough to sit as an adult passenger would, it may come as a surprise to many Georgians that the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and twelve is injuries resulting from a car accident.  Given a child’s small size, any impact resulting from a car accident can be more catastrophic for the child than it may be for an adult.

What You Should Know About Rental Truck Accidents in Georgia

October 14, 2017

What You Should Know About Rental Truck Accidents From a Georgia Car Accident Attorney

Many of us have used U-Haul and other rental trucks to move from one home to another, or to transport large items that do not fit in a normal passenger car, SUV, or truck.  Depending on the size of the rental truck, it can be difficult to maneuver if you do not have a lot of experience driving large vehicles.  However, most of the rental trucks available to customers are designed to function as any other SUV, truck or van would, and does not require a specific skill set or specialized driver’s license.

Georgia’s Motorcycle Safety Program

October 13, 2017

Georgia’s Motorcycle Safety Program – What You Should Know from a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

Motorcycle accidents can cause significant and catastrophic injuries, even death.  Motorcycles are often considered more dangerous than other motor vehicles on the roadway, specifically because motorcycles are small and riders have less protection.  Additionally, wearing a motorcycle helmet is not required under Georgia law, and as a result, many motorcyclists are at a greater risk of suffering head injuries that could prove to be permanent, if not fatal.  As such, regardless of what is required under Georgia law, motorcyclists should take additional steps to ensure they are safely operating their bikes on Georgia’s roadways and highways.

Recent Hurricanes Raise Questions About Flood Insurance

October 12, 2017

Recent Hurricanes Raise Questions About Flood Insurance – What You Should Know from a Georgia Attorney

Georgia saw a portion of the wrath of Hurricane Irma and has also experienced a significant amount of rain and flooding over the past few years.  Not every Georgia homeowner or business owner has flood insurance.  After all, flooding is not necessarily a normal occurrence that Georgia residents can expect each year.  However, 2017 has been a particularly harsh year for a significant number of states in the Southeast as well as Texas.  As such, it is important that all Georgia homeowners and business owners have a good understanding of flood insurance and how it can help them.

Foot Injuries That Lead to Permanent Damage

October 11, 2017

Foot Injuries That Lead to Permanent Damage – What You Should Know from a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

A sprained ankle, a broken toe, or a bruised ligament can certainly be painful.  However, these minor foot injuries, among others, often do not require extensive medical treatment.  A sprained ankle or broken toe may take a few weeks or one month to heal, while more severe foot injuries may take months to heal and even require surgery.  Even though minor foot injuries may heal quickly, they still pose a risk of permanent harm to many injured individuals.  Seemingly minor foot injuries sustained from a car accident (or any accident) have the potential to lead to permanent injuries in the future.

Flood Safety During the Hurricane Season

October 10, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Flood Safety During the Hurricane Season

Georgia is certainly not unfamiliar with the strength of hurricanes and flooding that is often experienced during the late summer and early fall.  The recent devastation experienced from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have taught many Georgians just how important it is to take precautionary measures when dealing with catastrophic flooding.

Pharmacy Medication Dispensing Error Lawsuits in Georgia

October 09, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Pharmacy Medication Dispensing Error Lawsuits in Georgia

Most pharmacists are excellent at their jobs, and we all depend on them to fill our prescriptions when needed.  However, pharmacy errors are a fact of life given that so many patients take medications that prescription errors are bound to happen from time to time.  Because pharmacy errors are a fact of life, all patients should be wary and cautious to ensure they are taking the proper medication as prescribed by their doctor.

Vision Loss and Impairment Associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

October 08, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Vision Loss and Impairment Associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Vision loss can occur at birth because of congenital factors or trauma during the birthing process.  Other vision impairment and loss is often associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).  This comes as a surprise to many people as they do not realize just how much of a role the brain plays for vision.  

What You Should Know About Hand Injuries and Nerve Damage

October 07, 2017

Hand Injuries and Nerve Damage – What You Should Know from a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney

Hand injuries have the potential to cause significant problems that may inhibit a person's daily activities.  While a hand injury may not be as serious as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or paralysis, for example, hand injuries can still be debilitating and something that provides discomfort and pain for many individuals on a daily basis.  

Five Steps To Take After An Auto Accident in Georgia

October 06, 2017

The Five Steps Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Want You To Take After An Accident

Any accident that causes personal injuries is a frightening event. Our attorneys offer various suggestions on how to proceed after an accident, as well as what you can do to protect yourself and your family. The following advice may apply in some circumstances but not in others. However, the ideas discussed have a universal theme throughout and can be amended to apply in almost every situation. In many cases, your instincts will take over, and panic will set in. That is perfectly normal. This article is not designed to persuade you to override your instincts. Instead, we want to give you some things to think about if you experience an accident.

Excessive Speed In Combination With Other Factors Increases Chances Of Fatal Crash

October 05, 2017

Latest Data Available Suggests Excessive Speed In Combination With Other Factors Increases Chances Of Fatal Crash

Driving a motor vehicle at excessive speeds is dangerous. Speeding reduces reaction time, increases stopping distances, increases the amount of force applied to the vehicle and occupants during a crash, and makes the vehicle less stable, leading to rolling over. Speed alone is a major contributing factor in many crashes. However, speed, when combined with careless driving, makes roads hazardous for other drivers. If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a Georgia car wreck with a speeding driver, you may have rights to compensation. Our Georgia car accident attorneys at Montlick & Associates are highly-trained professionals who are dedicated to maximizing our clients' chances to recover monetary compensation for their injuries and losses.

Georgia Grants Sports Officials Limited Immunity From Civil Lawsuits

October 04, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Talk About Laws Protecting Sports Officials

As the NFL season finally arrives and high school football, along with other sports, are in full gear, the attention of thousands of people throughout Georgia will be drawn to gridirons, soccer fields, and other playing fields across the state. None of the games can take place without the oversight of officials and referees. Officials might deserve our ire from time to time for making wrong or inconsistent calls, but they perform a very valuable function, especially for scholastic and youth athletes. They are in control over games and events to a large extent, but they are not in control over everything and tend to be the brunt of the blame for many mishaps and injuries that happen during games. Perhaps that is the reason why the state of Georgia grants sports officials limited immunity from civil lawsuits.

Are Higher Speed Limits in Georgia More Dangerous?

October 03, 2017

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Question Whether Higher Speed Limits Are Dangerous

Speed limits exist for a reason. They are not merely a suggestion but are designed to impose a limitation on how fast a driver can operate his or her motor vehicle taking into consideration the road conditions, traffic conditions, and the prevailing rate of travel of the other motorists on the road. However, speeding in combination with other factors creates a dangerous situation on the roads.  If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident with a speeding vehicle, you might be able to recover for damages associated with those injuries. At Montlick & Associates, we have high-trained, knowledgeable, and experienced speeding accident lawyers dedicated to maximizing our clients’ chances for financial compensation under the law. 

Safer Workplaces Owing To The Increased Use Of Robotics And Autonomous Vehicles

October 02, 2017

Workers Compensation Attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia Comment On Safer Workplaces Owing To The Increased Use Of Robotics And Autonomous Vehicles

Georgia's workers' lives may be safer thanks to the introduction of robotics into the workplace. Robotics is not new to the work environment, especially in many manufacturing facilities. However, as robotic technology becomes more user-friendly and less expensive, companies will use robotic advancements to their advantage. Robotics, and now autonomous vehicles, used in warehouse settings can make the workplace safer for all. However, there are dangers that lurk around every corner. Consequently, every worker must be safety-conscious, which helps avoid injury, or death, from a job-related accident.

Occupants Of Passenger Cars Are A Significant Risk Of Death Or Serious Injury

October 01, 2017

Georgia Car Accident Attorneys Discuss How Occupants Of Passenger Cars Are A Significant Risk Of Death Or Serious Injury

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the results of its expert analysis of passenger vehicle safety trends from 2015. The NHTSA defines passenger cars as the typical car most of us own but includes SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks within that definition, as well as any other vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 pounds. The data analysis performed by the NHTSA revealed some interesting, and disturbing trends, in passenger vehicle safety, or lack thereof, depending on your perspective.

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