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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Defective Automobiles: Product Liability and Cars

April 28, 2017

Most car accidents are the result of careless driving. It is usually the case that one or both drivers were not paying attention, speeding, or otherwise failing to drive cautiously. There are however times when accidents and injuries are not the result of a driver's error, but rather, are caused by a flaw in one of the vehicles involved in the accident. Sometimes the design of the car causes it to flip easily, or tires are flawed in such a way that they blow out easily. There are many different types of defects that a car might have, and some of them can lead to dangers for the individuals riding in the cars, and to other people on the road. 

What is Negligence?

April 28, 2017

There are many lawsuits that revolve around the concept of "negligence." While most of us have heard the term, we might not all be fully aware of the legal implications of the word "negligence." Basically, a person's behavior could be referred to as negligent if they failed to exercise care towards other individuals that a reasonable or prudent person would take under the same circumstances, or when they take an action a reasonable person would not. In personal injury cases, or other forms of "torts," negligence cases make up a large number of the lawsuits involving accidental injuries (as opposed to intentional torts, which involve something like assault or trespassing).

Common Reasons for Workers’ Compensation Claim Denials

April 27, 2017

Workers' compensation programs are meant to help employees who suffer an injury while they are carrying out their work related duties. While employers benefit from workers' compensation programs, which allow them to avoid lawsuits from employees, employees benefit by not having to show that their employers were negligent. In fact, even if an employee carelessly causes his or her own injury, workers' compensation is meant to cover that employee as long as the injury was in fact related to work. Because these programs are meant to reduce the burden of work related injuries on employees, it can be a frustrating and confusing situation when an employee finds that his or her very legitimate workers' compensation claim was denied. In reality, a surprisingly large number of workers' compensation claims are in fact denied. There are several reasons why this might happen.

Blunt Force Trauma To Chest From Car Accidents

April 26, 2017

Trauma is the leading cause of death in people aged 1 to 55 according to medical researchers. The Centers for Disease Control opined that unintentional trauma caused 130,557 deaths that occurred in the United States during 2013. Not only is trauma the leading cause of death in certain age groups, but trauma also is the primary contributing cause of hospitalization, morbidity, or general lack of good health, and disability. Among the various systems of the body, trauma to the chest, specifically blunt trauma rather penetrating trauma such as a stabbing or impalement, is responsible for a large number of trauma deaths.

Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Discuss Chain-Reaction Pileup

April 26, 2017

Around 2 p.m. on Interstate 75 Sunday afternoon, a 16-car pileup left several people injured and backed up traffic for several miles. The accident occurred in Bartow County, GA. According to WSB-TV2 in Atlanta, heavy rain may have been the cause of the pileup. Sixteen cars slammed into each other during the rainstorm. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 on Allatoona Lake Bridge. The crash brought traffic to a halt for four hours. Traffic heading northbound slowed considerably as well, probably due to the curiosity factor of the accident scene.

Father Chastizes Son For Fatal Decision

April 25, 2017

According to WRDW12, the father of a 22-year-old man roundly criticized his son for driving under the influence of drugs after the young man crashed head-on into a 69-year-old woman, tragically killing her. The heartbroken father used his son as an example of poor decision-making and risky behavior that is unjustifiable. The man called on others to avoid making the same poor choice his son made that ended one life and ruined another.

Second Motor Vehicle Homicide Death In Ten Days In Columbia County

April 25, 2017

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, around 1:00 p.m., first responders called for the assistance of a medical flight helicopter to respond to the scene of an auto accident with severe injuries. The initial reports, according to WRDW12, indicated that the crash caused a vehicle to roll over, leaving three people trapped inside.  The accident happened at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Hamilton Road in Grovetown, Columbia County, Georgia. Unfortunately, one person died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the accident. Just about eight days before, a 69-year-old woman Columbia County also died, as the result of a head-on collision.

Avoid Common Dangers When Walking In The Early Morning

April 24, 2017

A 53-year-old man died in the early morning hours in Albany on April 19, 2017. According to a report in the Albany Herald, the man was walking on the 600-block of Radium Springs Road when he stepped out into the road in front of an SUV, which tragically aided his death. The accident occurred just before 5:00 a.m. in the pre-dawn light and remains under investigation, but Albany police have said that they are not filing charges against the driver of the SUV.

I-85 Bridge Collapse: First Responders Receive Presidential Commendation

April 24, 2017

President Donald Trump invited the first responders from the Atlanta area who bravely and decisively shut down I-85 to traffic while construction material burned below the ill-fated span. The meeting with the President comes one day after police and fire personnel received awards from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The President received the group of Atlanta firefighters, Atlanta police officers, as well as Georgia state patrol officers in the White House' Roosevelt Room. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. The first responders present greatly appreciated the President's kind words and support for first responders serving Atlanta as well as all across the country.

Why You Should Not Delay Speaking With A Personal Injury Attorney If You Have Been Injured

April 23, 2017

There are many reasons why discussing your potential claim with an attorney as soon as you can after the incident will increase your chances of maximizing any financial compensation you receive. The knowledgeable and aggressive Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened to you and advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect your rights.

Boating Accident Claims Are Likely Based on Negligence

April 22, 2017

Boating is a popular recreational activity for many people in the United States. However, like many activities, when people are not exercising caution, boating can prove quite dangerous. Thousands of boating accidents occur every year, leading to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. When boating accidents occur, they often result from human error, and from someone being negligent. In these cases, those injured in the accident normally have the ability to recover compensation from the negligent person who was responsible for the accident and resulting injuries.

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Address United Airlines Incident

April 22, 2017

Video of airline security dragging a man off a United flight went viral in a matter of hours. The video depicts a man being dragged by his arms down the aisle of a United Airlines plane. Additional footage shows the man's face was bloodied, his eyeglasses askance, while his shirt was riding up to his chest. Audio captured shortly after the altercation ended shows the man to be in distress and disoriented.

Off-Duty Police Officer Dies In Motorcycle Crash

April 21, 2017

A young police officer died this past weekend in a motorcycle crash this weekend according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The initial investigation revealed that the off-duty officer was killed when he was riding his personal motorcycle north on Ogeechee Road. The officer was struck by an SUV that was headed south and turning east or left, in front of him. The motorcycle and SUV collided. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Charges Reduced In Fatal Crash in Barrow County, Georgia

April 21, 2017

A local high school teacher, once facing felony charges stemming from a fatal crash in Barrow County that killed two, now faces reduced charges. The accident occurred in March of 2016 and killed a young man and young woman. The families of the deceased told news reporters that the charges levied against the teacher had been reduced by the district attorney's office to two misdemeanor charges. Now the distraught families of the victims wonder whether justice will be done for their two family members whose lives were tragically cut short.

Safe Driving In Extreme Weather Conditions

April 20, 2017

Heavy, damaging rains doused the metropolitan area on Tuesday, April 18. The rain fell on the region rapidly, causing dangerous flooding. The torrential rains slowed traffic on I-285 in Dekalb County and flooded parts of the Interstate. A crew dispatched by the Georgia Department of Transporation (GDOT) was tasked with opening a drain on I-285 to ease to flooding on the road.

Traffic Snarled In DeKalb County As Motorcyclists Were Injured In Crash

April 20, 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that two motorcycle riders suffered injuries in a crash on I-20 in the early morning hours of April 19, 2017. The motorcyclists were part of a convoy escorting World War II veterans from the area to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They were transported to the hospital via ambulance. Both riders are expected to survive their injuries.

Atlanta Truck Accident and Toxic Spill Shuts Down City Connector

April 19, 2017

An early morning crash has caused more traffic headaches for Atlanta residents and commuters. Reports indicate that a tractor-trailer truck carrying a highly toxic chemical overturned after a collision with an SUV. The crash happened around 2 a.m. Monday morning on the Downtown Connector. The operators of both vehicles involved in the accident were in violation of state law when the crash occurred. State officials closed the Downtown Connector in both directions as a result of the accident.

I-85 Collapse Allegations Lead To Grand Jury Indictment

April 19, 2017

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office announced that a grand jury handed up indictments for the burning of construction materials that caused the collapse of a portion of I-85. The evidence presented to the grand jury was sufficient, at least initially, to charge Basil Eleby with first-degree arson and criminal damage to property. Eleby faces 25 years incarceration and a $50,000 fine, or both if convicted according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Eleby is presumed innocent on all charges until the state proves him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

Atlanta I-85 - Whether You Plan to Ride or Drive, Plan Ahead

April 18, 2017

While construction workers move forward with repairing I-85, commuters can use public transit or take an alternate route. Some roads near the area of the bridge collapse are getting reopened, one at a time. One northbound lane and one southbound lane of Piedmont Road are now open. If you plan to take a train or a bus to work allow plenty of time to find a parking space. Parking garages in some areas like Doraville and North Springs fill to capacity early in the morning, so check the conditions at the station that you plan to use before your first trip.

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