Overview of Types of Atlanta Personal Injury Lawsuits


May 04, 2011

Serious personal injuries can happen in the blink of an eye and can happen anywhere including at home, work, the grocery store or driving in your car.

The wide array of scenarios that can result in a right to compensation for one’s injuries are virtually endless. Some personal injury claims are based on negligence, which essentially means a failure to take reasonable care to avoid injury to others, while in other cases injuries may result from reckless or intentional misconduct. This article provides a broad overview of types of common personal injury cases.

If you have suffered serious injury or your loved one has suffered wrongful death due to the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling personal injury claims of all types including:

  • Car accident cases
  • Truck accident cases
  • Motorcycle accident cases
  • Job injuries
  • Workers' compensation
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Product liability lawsuits
  • Acts of violence and domestic violence
  • Defamation (false statements damaging one’s reputation)
  • Tractor-trailer collisions
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Serious illnesses from contaminated food
  • SUV rollover accidents
  • Defective drug cases

Personal injury law involves the process of holding an individual, entity or corporation liable for injuries due to careless, reckless or intentional conduct that causes injury to another. Most personal injury cases are based on negligent behavior like failing to clean up a spill of liquid on a floor in a timely manner or causing a motor vehicle accident by violating traffic safety laws or driving under-the-influence. Slip and fall accidents and most auto accidents are usually based on negligence. Negligence in its simplest terms means that a party causes injury to another because he or she failed to exercise reasonable care to avoid the accident.

Personal injury law also provides compensation for injuries caused by defective products and or services. These lawsuits usually involve large business entities and corporations and can take the form of an individual lawsuit, or sometimes may be based on a class action lawsuit involving thousands of individuals. A lawsuit involving a dangerous or defective drug, which may cause injury to many people, for example, can result in both individual actions and a class action.

While product liability law may be based on negligence, it may also be based on strict liability where a defect in any part of the design or manufacturing process may be a basis for liability. A failure to provide adequate warnings or directions or deceptive marketing may also be the basis for liability in a product liability lawsuit. This is a common basis for liability in defective drug litigation.

Personal injury law can also involve injuries to one’s reputation caused by defamation when an individual publishes misleading or malicious statements about another individual that may damage the victims’s good standing or reputation.

Civil litigation involving personal injures may sometimes overlap with the criminal justice system when perpetrators commit “intentional torts”, which can consist of assault and battery, domestic abuse, sexual assault, false imprisonment and similar violent criminal offenses.   Intentional torts may also consist of emotional and psychological harm inflicted by emotional abuse such as taunting, threatening or bullying. Lawsuits involving bullying are growing in frequency and prominence.

This is only a brief overview of the types of conduct that can be the basis of a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. If you suffer serious injuries or your loved one suffers wrongful death, the experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates will diligently pursue your best interests. Our experienced Georgia lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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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 upon 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.