Albany Personal Injury Attorneys


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.

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). Or use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Truck Accident Lawyers in Albany, Georgia

Semis, 18-Wheelers, Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Attorneys Serving all of Albany, Georgia 

Vehicle collisions are fairly common, and even between two cars, the injuries suffered by the drivers and passengers involved can be catastrophic. When an accident occurs involving a truck, the likelihood of injury is increased immensely by the sheer size of these vehicles. Trucks typically weigh between 20 and 30 times as much as cars, making truck accidents some of the most devastating accidents to occur on the roadways across Georgia.

Construction Accident Attorneys in Albany Georgia

On-site Construction Accident Attorneys Serving all of Albany, Georgia

Unfortunately, the construction industry is no stranger to accidents. Despite efforts to regulate the industry and safety standards that have been implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction still ranks as one of the most dangerous fields of employment in the United States. The use of heavy machinery, electrical work, working from high up on buildings, and exposure to toxic substances all make construction related injuries difficult to avoid.

Montlick and Associates - Experienced Albany Wrongful Death Lawyers

When family members endure the unanticipated death of a loved one because of the negligent or intentional act of an individual, business or public entity, a qualified Albany wrongful death attorney can provide representation to seek money damages and financial support for surviving loved ones. The loss of a parent, child or spouse often results in an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. When dealing with these intense and painful emotions, deadlines for initiating legal actions, navigation of legal procedures and avoidance of insurance company traps might not seem like a priority. However, the death of a family member also can force surviving family members to cope with financial obstacles like medical bills, burial/funeral expenses and the loss of household income.

Our team of experienced Albany wrongful death lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing fatality victims and their families for over thirty years. Since we receive many inquiries from families who have lost a loved one, our Albany wrongful death lawyers have provided some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Albany wrongful death lawsuits and settlements.

Legal Compensation for Fatal Accident Claims in Albany, Georgia – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death claim is a civil action seeking monetary damages because the negligent, reckless or deliberate act of an individual, public entity or company has caused a fatality. Example of the types of incidents and injuries that frequently constitute the basis for an Albany wrongful death claim include:

  • Construction site accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Crashes involving intoxicated drivers
  • Homicides and other intentional violent crimes
  • Failure to diagnose dangerous medical conditions
  • Drugged driving crashes
  • Abuse or neglect of nursing home residents
  • Collisions involving tractor-trailers
  • Accidents involving defective products
  • Drowning incidents
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Other types of motor vehicle accidents
  • Dangerous drugs

This is not a comprehensive list of the types of accidents or intentional acts that might create the right to pursue legal action under Georgia wrongful death laws, so families should seek legal advice if a loved one has died because of the careless or wrongful acts of a third party.

Who may bring a wrongful death action under Georgia's wrongful death statute?

A surviving spouse may bring a wrongful death claim, or the decedent's children can bring such an action in the event there is no surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse or children, the parents of the decedent can bring a wrongful death action. In the event that a decedent does not have any of these surviving family members, the administrator of the estate can initiate the wrongful death claim.

What is the statute of limitations for Georgia wrongful death claims?

The statute of limitations is the legal deadline within which a party must initiate a lawsuit without losing the right to pursue legal action. The correct termination of the applicable time deadline should be determined by a knowledgeable lawyer after examining the facts of your unique situation, so a prompt consultation with an experienced Albany wrongful death attorney is the best option. While the statute of limitations generally starts on the date of death, there are many complications that may impact the calculation of when the deadline expires, so it is important to seek legal advice. Given the harsh consequences of failing to comply with the statute of limitation, it is best to obtain legal advice about a potential wrongful death claim as promptly as possible.

What types of financial compensation can be sought under Georgia's wrongful death statute?

The Georgia wrongful death statute provides that damages include "the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived." See O.C.G.A. §51-4-1. Damages may include some or all of the following:

  • Future lost income
  • Pain and suffering of surviving family members
  • Funeral/burial expenses
  • Loss of loved and protection of a spouse child or parent
  • Emotional anguish
  • Pain and suffering of decedent from the time of the accident until death
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of value of decedent's benefits
  • Punitive damages (in appropriate cases)

Representing Albany Wrongful Death Victims and Their Family for Over 30 Years

The Montlick & Associates team of Albany wrongful death attorneys have been representing the families of wrongful death victims for over thirty years. If your loved one suffers a wrongful death, we invite you to call us for a free consultation today. No matter where you are located, our Albany wrongful death lawyers 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 (1-800-523-6333). You also can visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Albany Auto Accident Attorneys

When you are involved in an auto collision with another motor vehicle or pedestrian, it can be a frightening and painful experience that causes significant physical injury and disability as well as extreme emotional stress. Traffic congestion can result in bumper to bumper stop and go traffic which may result in collisions. Even when Albany motor vehicle collisions occur at low rates of speed, it is possible to suffer serious injuries with effects that linger for months. Whiplash injuries to the neck are among the most common injuries suffered in an Albany collision at slower speeds.

 

Navigating the Insurance Company Minefield during an Albany Car Accident Claim

When you suffer whiplash injuries or other injuries in Albany car accidents where there is minimal or no vehicle damage, an insurance company adjuster often will provide a low-ball offer claiming that there could not be any injuries because there was no vehicle damage. This insurance company strategy of trying to settle quickly for pennies on the dollar is designed to minimize the monetary compensation that you receive before you have an opportunity to properly evaluate the genuine value of your Albany auto accident claim. It is important to note that many times the symptoms of whiplash and other injuries may take several days or weeks to manifest themselves.

One way to protect the value of your Albany car accident claim is to promptly seek medical treatment even if you think you have only minor injuries. The doctor may be able to utilize objective diagnostic tools, such as MRIs, X-Rays, CT scans and the like. If you obtain prompt medical attention, it may not only result in a more positive prognosis but may also pre-empt later claims that you are exaggerating or faking your injuries. Claims that you are malingering is just one of the strategies that insurance companies use to avoid paying claims or to settle for less than the full value of the claim. Insurance companies may also try to entice you into making statements that imply you are at fault or that support the position that your injuries were not a product of the collision. In some cases, the insurance company for the other driver may even ask you to sign documents that may waive certain aspects of your claim or waive it entirely.

At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Albany car accident lawyers understand the tactics used by insurance companies to deny car accident injury victims fair compensation for their injuries. Our law firm has been providing zealous legal representation to Albany car accident victims for nearly three decades. Insurance companies increase profits by using sharp tactics including denying meritorious claims, extending low-ball offers or delaying payment of claims. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Albany car accident attorneys are well aware that when you are dealing with the pain and stress of recovering from accident related injuries, the hassle and stress of battling insurance companies can be overwhelming. Our Albany auto accident lawyers have helped many people just like you navigate insurance company minefields.

 

Typical Types of At-Fault Conduct in an Albany Auto Accident

While there are many factors that contribute to serious car accidents in Albany, excessive speed, drug and alcohol impairment and distracted driving are certainly among the most common. These factors often occur in combination, and the combination of speed and alcohol often result not only in an increased probability of collisions but in more serious injuries. When drivers navigating the roadways of Albany engage in this type of unsafe driving behavior, this type of driving may be considered negligence. Negligence is a legal term that in a simple sense describes the failure of a driver to exercise reasonable care and prudence to avoid causing injury to another. Virtually all forms of unsafe driving that may cause an Albany car accident may constitute “negligent driving” depending on the specific facts and circumstances of the collision.

Because the Albany car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have obtained monetary recovery in hundreds of car accident settlements and lawsuits, we have the experience, skill and resources to handle virtually any type of Albany motor vehicle accident, including but not limited to the following:

  • Drivers impaired by alcohol, illegal narcotics, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs or supplements
  • Distracted drivers using cell phones for text messaging or telephone conversations
  • Aggressive drivers that speed, weave through traffic or tailgate
  • Tractor-trailer companies that authorize unsafe trucks or truck drivers to transport loads
  • Poor vehicle maintenance including not monitoring brakes, tire wear or tire pressure
  • Big-rigs involved in deadly jackknife or carriage under-ride accidents
  • Public entities that fail to maintain or build safe roads
  • Drivers who fail to check blind spots or otherwise check for motorcycles
  • Drivers who T-bone other vehicles or hit pedestrians because they do not yield at intersections
  • Motorists that run red lights, stop signs or otherwise disregard traffic signs and signals
  • Driver Distractions like reading, grooming, eating, drinking or adjusting the car stereo
  • Vehicles with defective designs or components like SUVs or 15 passenger vans with a narrow wheel base and high center of gravity

 

Financial Compensation to Rebuild Following Serious Albany Accident Related Injuries

The injuries suffered in a serious Albany car accident can turn your life upside down and create enormous financial hardships. Whether you suffer the pain and limited mobility caused by whiplash injuries or more extensive injuries like spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, paralysis or the loss of limbs or broken bones your injuries may adversely impact every aspect of your life. Our Albany motor vehicle collision lawyers know that a monetary recovery cannot give you back the life of a family member that has suffered wrongful death or restore the value of a life lived without enduring pain on a daily basis.

However, we can seek the fullest possible money recovery so that you can afford the best possible medical and rehabilitative care, replace past and future lost income, and obtain compensation to support your family and maintain a high quality of life. Some of the types of damages we may be able to obtain include:

  • Cost of medical treatment and hospitalization
  • Income replacement for lost past wages and future disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful death compensation (funeral/burial expenses)

Depending on the type of negligent conduct involved in your Albany car accident, you may also be able to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded in all cases but may be awarded when the conduct of the defendant is so inappropriate (i.e. reckless conduct) that the conduct warrants punishing the defendant and imposing an obstacle to deter similar conduct in the future. When punitive damages are awarded, they may dwarf the amount of compensatory damages.

Know your legal rights! If you or someone you love has been injured in an Albany car accident, our experienced Albany car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Albany car accident claim. 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.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Albany Georgia

Over 30 Years of Experience

Our Albany personal injury attorneys Montlick and Associates know that when you suffer injury or the loss of a loved one because of the careless or intentional conduct of the third-party, it can literally turn your world upside down. Our law firm has been committed to seeking fair financial compensation for injury victims and holding those who injure others accountable for their actions since our firm was founded in 1984. Whether your injuries or loss were caused by a drunk driver, abusive nursing home employee, inattentive heavy equipment operator on a construction site or any other party who fails to exercise reasonable caution and prudence to prevent injury to others, our dedicated alchemy personal injury team may be able to help.

Most personal injury claims are based on the law of negligence, which in simple terms refers to the failure of the defendant to exercise reasonable care to prevent foreseeable injury to others. If this failure to exercise reasonable caution causes injury to another, this may form the basis for a personal injury. If you or a close family member suffers severe injury caused by the careless, inattentive or intentional acts of another, you may experience substantial hardships, include physical pain and disability, impaired cognitive functioning and overwhelming financial challenges. At Montlick and Associates, we have been successfully representing Albany personal injury victims for almost three decades. Our law firm was founded on the principle of representing clients with diligence, compassion and ethics. Our Albany personal injury lawyers provide legal representation for a wide range of personal injury claims including the following:

Albany Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents: When shoppers venture into an Albany grocery store, they rarely consider the possibility that they may experience a life altering fall from slipping on a spilled liquid or tripping over merchandise lying in the aisle. Most people presume that businesses conduct periodic inspections and custodial maintenance to discover and eliminate hazards that may result in serious injuries caused by falls. If you are a senior citizen, a slip and fall accident can be particularly dangerous because falls are the leading cause of accidental death among seniors. One in three seniors over the age of 65 will experience a slip and fall or trip and fall accident during the next year. If you experience a slip and fall or trip and fall in an Albany supermarket, department store, restaurant, bar, movie theater, university campus or other business, residential or public property, the experienced Albany slip and fall attorneys at Montlick and Associates may be able to help you seek compensation for your injuries.

Albany Car Accident Claims: There have been impressive advances in vehicle safety, but motor vehicle accidents involving cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, tractor-trailers, buses and other vehicles continue to be the leading cause of accidental death. When you are injured in an Albany car accident involving a driver who is texting, intoxicated or speeding, it can result in severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage that cause loss of cognitive functioning, physical mobility and sensation. While our experienced Albany car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates cannot restore your impaired mental or physical functioning, we may be able to help clients pursue an Albany car accident claim to obtain necessary financial compensation for medical bills, lost income and other forms of intangible loss.

Albany Dog Bites (Dog Attacks & Maulings): While in many Albany homes, the family dog is a loving member of the family, man’s best friend can turn into man’s worst nightmare. Albany dog bite incidents can cause permanent disfigurement and extreme emotional distress. When people choose to own a dog, they are generally responsible for protecting others from injury caused by their dog. If a dog owner has reason to know that his or her dog has vicious tendencies, the owner may be strictly liable for any injuries caused by the dog. Even if a dog has never exhibited any signs that the dog might be dangerous or aggressive, a dog owner may be liable for negligence (i.e. unreasonable carelessness) or violation of a leash law that results in someone being attacked.

Albany Motorcycle Accidents: Albany motorcycle riders often suffer serious injury when they cross paths with unsafe drivers of passenger vehicles. When an Albany motorcyclist is cut-off by a driver that does not check his or her blind spot when changing lanes on the freeway, a motorcycle rider has virtually no margin for error. A motorcyclist may easily tip over if the rider tries to engage in drastic maneuvers to avert a collision with a negligent driver. Although motorcycles constitute a small minority of registered vehicles, they account for a disproportionate number of permanent injuries and fatalities. If you are involved in an Albany motorcycle accident, the Albany motorcycle accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates understand the unique challenges and vulnerability of those who ride motorcycle on Albany roadways.

Albany Wrongful Death Actions: When you lose someone you love in a car accident caused by a drunk, distracted or drowsy driver, the financial challenges of reduced household income combined with out of control medical bills, unpaid mortgage and/or car payments, and other household expenses can force a family to the brink of bankruptcy. An experienced wrongful death attorney at Montlick and Associates may be able to help you seek financial compensation for tangible and intangible losses of the decedent as well as your own losses. These damages may include a wide range of damages including loss of financial support, loss of guidance of a parent and loss of companionship and services of a spouse as well as other damages.

Albany Trucking Accidents: If you are involved in a collision with a sixty foot long tractor-trailer combination weighing forty tons, the result can be horrific Albany trucking accidents. There are many factors that contribute to trucking accidents in Albany, including fatigue, drugged driving, improper maintenance, medically unfit drivers and other factors. Intrastate and interstate trucking are subject to extensive regulation to reduce the hazards posed by truck drivers who are on the road for long hours behind the wheel of these massive big-rigs. Trucking companies have extensive resources, and sometimes arrange to have critical evidence regarding liability disappear. Our Albany trucking accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand the tactics that may be used by trucking companies to avoid liability for Albany trucking accidents caused by their drivers. We often work with trucking industry experts to develop the strongest legal position for our trucking accident clients.

Albany Work Related Injuries: When you suffer an injury on the job in Albany, you may be concerned about how to pay your medical bills or how to replace your wages when you cannot work. The Albany workers’ compensation system provides a fast efficient no-fault approach to obtaining medical treatment and income replacement from your employer when you are injured at work. Unfortunately, the damages available in a workers’ compensation claim may pale in comparison to those that may be recovered as part of a personal injury claim. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to guide you through the workers’ compensation process while also pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against third parties like property owners, independent contractors and other individuals or business that contribute to your injuries.

Albany Pedestrian Accidents: When a pedestrian is run down by a motorist in Albany, the result can be the type of serious injury that permanently impacts one’s life and even results in the loss of one’s life. Insurance companies often try to blame a pedestrian for causing such accidents based on such grounds as the “the darting child”, “jaywalking” or “failure to cross at the crosswalk.” The reality is that a pedestrian may often recover for injuries suffered when hit by a motor vehicle even if the pedestrian is determined to be partially responsible for the accident. Given the devastating types of injuries that are common in Albany pedestrian accidents, it is important to seek legal representation from an experienced Albany pedestrian accident attorney.

Albany Construction Accidents: There may be no worksite with a greater variation in hazards than construction sites. The construction industry is perennially among the leading job sector for serious work related injuries and fatalities. Construction sites offer such hazards as heavy equipment, toxic substances, trenches, high voltage power lines, improperly constructed scaffoldings and many other job site hazards. When you are involved in an Albany construction accident, you may be disabled so that you can no longer continue in your chosen occupation. An Albany Construction accident lawyer at Montlick and Associates may be able to help you with a workers’ compensation claim against your employer and a personal injury claim against other negligent parties that contribute to your construction accident.

Albany Products Liability Actions: Many unsuspecting consumers each year suffer injuries caused by products that reach the market with design and manufacturing defects or that lack proper warnings of known risks. Companies that place products on the market may be liable for injuries caused by their products when they have product defects that result in injury to unsuspecting purchasers. It is becoming more common for consumers to be exposed to hazardous products as more U.S. companies distribute products imported from countries with lax safety standards. If you are injured by a defective product, our Albany defective product attorneys at Montlick and Associates may be able to pursue a product liability claim against any entity involved in the production or distribution of the unsafe product.

Albany Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: The percentage of seniors in the U.S. continues to rise so more families are faced with the prospect of evaluating nursing homes to provide care for elderly loved ones. While careful pre-placement screening and evaluation by family members may help prevent nursing home abuse and neglect in Albany, sometimes it can be hard to identify nursing homes that are understaffed or staffed with improperly screen staff members. If you family member suffers physical abuse, chronic neglect, emotional abuse or financial exploitation in an Albany nursing home, our experienced Albany nursing home attorneys may be able to help you seek appropriate compensation for your love one.

Know your legal rights! Whether you are injured by the negligent, reckless or intentional act of a third party, we invite you to speak to an experienced Albany personal injury lawyer at Montlick and Associates. Call us today for your Free Consultation.

No matter where you are located our personal injury attorneys in Albany 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.


Please Note:
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.