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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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Drunk Driving Can Justify Punitive Damage Awards in Georgia

December 18, 2017

Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Explain Drunk Driving Can Justify Punitive Damage Awards in Georgia

When you experience serious injuries in a car accident, you might be confronted with intense pain, significant emotional distress, a grueling course of rehabilitation, and permanent disability.  The angst associated with overcoming these hardships can be much more intense when your injuries result from a preventable accident caused by a drunk driver.  While the danger posed by driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated might be widely acknowledged, alcohol-impaired drivers continue to constitute the leading cause of traffic-related fatalities.  Drunk drivers continue to cause over 10,000 deaths per year while causing serious injury to millions more.  In this blog article, our experienced drunk driving accident attorneys in Georgia analyze the special issues in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving intoxicated drivers.

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident?

December 17, 2017

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident in Georgia?

Our car accident attorneys frequently are asked by auto collision victims whether they need to hire a lawyer.  The answer to this question is not straightforward.  While a person injured in a crash suffers serious injury or loses a loved one, there is no requirement that the injury victim or surviving family retain legal representation.  Although auto accident victims have the right to pursue a lawsuit for financial compensation without an attorney, plaintiffs who pursue this course are at a distinct disadvantage when taking on insurance companies with a team of adjusters, insurance defense lawyers, and accident reconstruction experts.  Insurance companies also will have the benefit of virtually limitless financial resources to defend their insured and mitigate the carrier’s liability for a money judgment or settlement.  Our auto accident law firm works with injury victims to balance the scales of justice in their favor.  This blog article  discusses important reasons to hire legal representation.

Important Strategies for Preserving Your Claim Following a Canine Attack in Georgia

December 16, 2017

Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers Discuss Important Strategies for Preserving Your Claim Following a Canine Attack

Many people share the common misconception that dog bites are relatively minor incidents that rarely result in significant injuries.  However, dog attacks force so many victims to seek medical attention that they constitute the leading cause of homeowner’s insurance claims.  While most dogs are lovable family pets, 4.5 million people are bitten annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  Homeowner’s insurance industry data reveals that dog bites account for a third of all money paid out on homeowner’s claims in 2016.  The Insurance Information Institute (III) and State Farm reported that dog attacks accounted for $600 million in payments during that period.  This study also found that the risk of suffering a dog attack continues to rise because the number of claims increased 18 percent from the prior year.  In this blog article, our Atlanta dog bite lawyers highlight ways some individuals compromise their potential claims.

Keeping Children Safe During the Holiday Season

December 15, 2017

Personal Injury Lawyers in Georgia Discuss Keeping Children Safe During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be an exciting time for children and teenagers with holiday parties, school vacation, and more play time outside. With the proper safety precautions, celebrating kids and adolescents can enjoy the winter break free of mishaps and injuries. 

Are Self Driving Cars Really Going To Be Ready Anytime Soon?

December 14, 2017

Will Self Driving Cars Be a "Safe" Reality?

In early November 2017, a self-driving shuttle bus crashed in Las Vegas. The shuttle was active for only a few hours before it crashed. It began its maiden voyage two hours before after a ceremony announcing the shuttle’s launch. Although it was successful, that fateful trip calls into question the efficacy of the program as well as the notion that self-driving or autonomous vehicles are even close to becoming a reality. The technology might not be as reliable as industry leaders might have you believe.

Traps for the Unwary When Dealing with Insurers

December 13, 2017

Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Highlight Traps for the Unwary When Dealing with Insurers

Insurance carriers often leverage injury victims’ lack of experience and knowledge when dealing with accident claims.  Many claims are compromised by strategic errors such as those generally outlined in this blog article.

Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Shooting: Liability of Venue Owners for Negligent Security

December 12, 2017

Aftermath of Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Shooting: Liability of Venue Owners for Acts of Violence Caused by Negligent Security

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Mandalay Bay mass shooting and their families.  While these incidents seem unimaginable, violence against patrons of businesses, concerts, and sporting events are becoming all too frequent.  Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, offer our condolences to the hundreds of injury victims and the families of those who perished in this horrific tragedy.  Given the number of people injured during this incident, many families will face staggering medical bills, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.  Since the shooter elected to take his own life, the victims and their families will have to investigate other sources of financial compensation for their losses.  In this blog article, we generally answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the liability of business owners for violent acts of third-parties that occur because of inadequate or negligent security.

The Dangers of Using Tree Stands to Go Hunting

December 11, 2017

The Dangers of Using Tree Stands to Go Hunting – Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains

Deer hunting season is nearly here, and during this time, hunters are reminded of just how dangerous tree stands can be.  There are certified tree stands that many hunters use, along with a harness, which helps to ensure a hunter is properly secured.  However, many hunters build their own tree stands out of what they find, and any wood used may not be treated to withstand rain, wind, and other weather-related wear and tear.  Wood pieces are often used as steps, and these steps can deteriorate quickly over a year or even sooner.  Even if tree stand steps are safe after being placed, they may be completely unsafe the next year when hunting season rolls around again.  

Important Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing with Insurance Companies After an Accident

December 10, 2017

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Important Mistakes to Avoid When Dealing with Insurance Companies

When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else, feelings of stress and uncertainty are natural reactions. If you experience injury, the pain and prospect of medical treatment often intensify your anxiety.  Collision victims overwhelmed by these physical and emotional challenges might not place a high priority on pursuing a legal claim or navigating insurance company obstacles.  However, insurance carriers do not maximize their profits by promptly paying the full value of legitimate claims.  Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates have provided a list of important things to avoid when dealing with the other driver’s insurance company.

Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia Car Accidents Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

December 09, 2017

Georgia car accident lawyers Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

Although the media and a recent motion picture have focused on traumatic brain injuries caused by contact sports like football, motor vehicle accidents constitute a more common cause of head injuries that result in brain damage.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries each year.  Since 17.3 percent of these TBIs result from motor vehicle collisions, approximately 294,100 people per year suffer a brain injury in vehicle crashes.  In this blog, our Georgia personal injury lawyers answer frequently asked questions about TBIs experienced in auto accidents.

Georgia Trucking Accidents - Six Steps to Help Protect You and Your Family

December 08, 2017

Six Steps to Protect You and Your Family From a Catastrophic Truck Accident in Georgia

What Makes Trucking Accident Litigation Especially Complicated?

While all motor vehicle accident related injuries can provide a basis for pursuing a personal injury claim, trucking accidents pose unique legal issues and practical challenges.  Collisions caused by the fatigued driver of a semi-truck or a commercial carrier that fails to drug test a driver are more complicated than a typical car accident.  The most obvious difference between semi-truck crashes and accidents involving passenger cars is that one of the vehicles can outweigh the other vehicle by 25 times or more.  This massive weight differential means that occupants of the passenger car are especially likely to suffer devastating injuries.

Employee Handbook for Understanding Georgia's Workers’ Compensation Laws

December 07, 2017

Georgia’s Employee Handbook for Understanding Workers’ Compensation Laws and Workers’ Rights

Employees in the state of Georgia have certain rights when it comes to being injured while on the job.  All too often, injured employees are not fully aware that they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are unable to work due to an injury or illness suffered while on the job.  While many employers do follow the laws of the state of Georgia, there are employers out there that do not follow these laws.  However, these same employers may not provide employees with the necessary information regarding their rights and obligations for filing a workers’ compensation claim and receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

Limitation of Punitive Damages in Georgia

December 06, 2017

A Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia Explain Limitation of Punitive Damages in Georgia

Personal injury plaintiffs infrequently prevail on punitive damage awards. In Georgia, punitive damages may be awarded by a jury to deter future bad conduct. But, the net effect of tort reform is to place limitations on the cases in which a jury can award punitive damages and scale back a jury's ability to punish egregious or repeat offenders.

Damages for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Georgia

December 01, 2017

Our Car Wreck Attorneys in Georgia Explain Damages for Traumatic Brain Injuries 

The Georgia car wreck attorneys for Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law frequently represent victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in accidents caused by the negligence or carelessness of others. Traumatic brain injuries can result in death, disfigurement, or permanent disability requiring 'round the clock care. In these situations, it is critical for the victim and his or her family that they receive the most considerable amount of financial compensation possible. Significant monetary compensation can help ease the burden of caring for your loved one.

Evidence In Motorcycle Accidents

November 30, 2017

Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Explain Who Is At Fault In Motorcycle Accidents

Montlick & Associates has handled thousands of accident cases. As a result of their experience—and their successes—Montlick & Associates' motorcycle crash attorneys understand how to maximize the values of our clients' cases. However, doing so can be more complex than merely piling up the victim's medical bills and lost wages. Rather, it begins with developing compelling evidence that the other driver was at fault.

Accident Reconstruction For Red Light Crash Lawsuits in Georgia

November 29, 2017

Georgia Car Wreck Attorneys Discuss Accident Reconstruction For Red Light Crashes

Accident reconstruction can be a key component to proving liability in your case. Not every car crash requires accident reconstruction and analysis. However, in some crashes, including those that occur at an intersection where one party claims to have the right of way at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal, people could benefit from an expert’s opinion about how a crash occurred. The red light accident attorneys with Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, understand when an expert accident reconstructionist is necessary to use in a case.

Doctors’ Roles in Georgia Personal Injury Claims

November 28, 2017

Doctors’ Roles in Personal Injury Claims in Georgia

Personal injury claims often arise when an individual suffers an injury as the result of someone else’s actions or omissions. For instance, many personal injury claims are the result of car accidents, where a person might be harmed as the result of another driver’s careless or negligent driving. Slip and fall cases, product liability, medical malpractice, and dog bite claims are some other forms of personal injury claims. In any personal injury claim, there will likely be evidence provided by medical practitioners. There are several ways a doctor might be giving evidence, and that evidence can have a major impact on the injured person’s claim.

Teen Truckers Could Soon be Hitting Georgia Roadways

November 27, 2017

Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Report

Teen Truckers Could Soon be Hitting the Roadways

Congress is currently weighing passage of a proposal, supported by the United States trucking industry, that would allow drivers as young as 18 years old to operate massive tractor trailers between states.  The plan is part of a larger highway legislation that the Senate is considering and it could lead to many more teen truckers driving tractor trailers nationwide. 

Jury Returns Verdict of $16.5 Million Despite Lack of Evidence of Lost Earnings

November 26, 2017

Jury Returns Verdict of $16.5 Million Despite Lack of Evidence of Lost Earnings

At Montlick and Associates, our Atlanta semi-truck accident lawyers often handle personal injury cases where damages are more difficult to prove because the injury victim is a child with no earning history or a senior who is at or near retirement age.  In other cases, the task of proving damages can be complicated because the trucking accident victim’s medical bills are fairly limited.  The prospect of obtaining a full recovery under such circumstances often turns on effective advocacy in establishing non-economic forms of damages like pain and suffering and loss of consortium.  These types of damages are more subjective, so they cannot simply be proven by submitting bills the way medical expenses and lost wages can be documented.

Teenager Workplace Safety and Georgia Workers' Compensation Law

November 25, 2017

Man Injured on the Job Reaches Out to Teenagers About Workplace Safety: Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorney Explains

Workplace training is essential to ensure all employees have a safe environment to perform their job duties.  When training is insufficient, employees are at risks for suffering severe and debilitating injuries that may have lifelong consequences.  Teenagers are especially at risk for suffering injuries given that many of them may not pay as close of attention to safety matters as adults might.  As such, workplace safety training is even more critical for teenagers than others.

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