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$6.8 million recovery in Automobile Collision

September 27, 2010

In a terribly tragic situation, our client, an eight-year-old boy, was rendered a quadriplegic after being involved in a horrendous automobile collision. The driver at fault was traveling in a county ambulance. He was not responding to an emergency call, nor were any lights or sirens in use. In the right lane next to him and ahead was a second potentially at fault driver. The second driver pulled into the ambulance's lane and stopped at a signal. The ambulance driver did not brake in time and clipped the rear of that vehicle. Instead of swerving to the right, where the traffic was light and moving in the same direction, the ambulance driver swerved into oncoming traffic. He ran head on into the vehicle where the child was a backseat passenger.

Testimony varied as to whether the car that pulled into the ambulance driver's lane did so negligently, but it was established that the ambulance driver had time to either stop or move to the right to avoid the collision. The child was unconscious at the scene with obvious serious injuries. Unfortunately, emergency personnel failed to stabilize his neck and spinal cord before moving him from the vehicle. The child was taken to a local emergency room where his parents were told that his neck was broken and that he would probably never walk again. The child is quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He is catheterized for urine every four hours and receives tube feedings every four hours through a tube inserted into his abdomen directly into his stomach. He also suffered a seatbelt injury, which resulted in the necessity of a colostomy - where a segment of the bowel is brought through the abdominal wall for drainage into a bag. He requires round the clock supervision. He receives daily anti-depressant medication. Insurance proceeds were obtained from both personal and county government policies.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys have been assisting those injured in all types of accidents in the greater Atlanta area and throughout the State of Georgia for over 39 years. Our compassionate and hard working attorneys and staff understand how stressfull it is to be hurt or to have a family member hurt. We work hard for our clients and want to be there for people when they need it the most. We are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller and rural towns in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at and fill out our free online case evaluation form. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

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