Augusta 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.


Augusta Product Liability Attorneys

When a consumers purchase a product, it is reasonable to presume that the product has been properly tested and subjected to quality control standards so that the product will not cause injury to unsuspecting consumers. While this expectation is understandable, there are many products each year that cause injury to consumers even when consumers use the product exactly as intended. In other cases, the product manufacturer may be aware that the product poses certain risks if used in a particular way but fail to adequately warn consumers of this risk.

When you pursue a product liability claim, it is important to work with a law firm with experience handling these complex cases that has the extensive financial resources necessary to take on large corporations that may have deep pockets and a team of attorneys to help the company avoid liability for injuries resulting from its products. The experienced Augusta product liability lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been successfully representing those injured by dangerous and defective products since 1984.

While the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) promulgates safety standards and product recalls designed to protect consumers, these recalls typically occur after innocent consumers have already reported potential hazards associated with a product, or they have been injured by the product. There are many varieties of products each year with product defects that may injure consumers including:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Consumer electronics (e.g. lap top batteries)
  • Children’s toys
  • Defective pharmaceuticals
  • Household appliances like space heaters
  • Defective medical devices

The CPSC is the federal agency which oversees consumer safety with regard to a broad range of products. Companies that manufacture products that are regulated by the CPSC may have accidents related to their product reported by consumers to the federal agency. Depending on the severity of the hazard or injuries, the CPSC in conjunction with the product manufacturer may issue a recall of the product. However, some companies ignore adverse events or delay reports of injuries to avoid costly product recalls and increase profits. Sometimes product manufacturers will actually delay implementing a recall which may allow accidents to occur that can result in consumers being injured.

Our experienced Augusta product liability attorneys work hard to carefully analyze the specific facts of the case and develop the most effective legal strategy. Our reputation with insurance companies often motivates insurance carriers to offer reasonable settlements rather than risk the uncertainty of a lawsuit.

Product liability law is the body of law that is designed to provide financial compensation for those injured by defective and dangerous products. It generally provides that a consumer who is injured by defective products may seek compensation for anyone in the production, distribution or marketing chain. The rationale behind imposing liability on anyone in the chain of production is that it shifts responsibility to the party best able to prevent injury. Product liability law also shifts the cost of injury to the company that profits from the sale of the product. Our Augusta product liability lawyers may pursue any of three legal theories for imposing liability on the maker of a defective product:

Strict Liability Theory (Liability without Fault): Despite the complexity involved in many product liability lawsuits, the law allows for establishing liability without proving specific negligence by anyone in the production chain in some product liability cases. Where strict liability applies, it is sufficient to show that the product was defective when it left the control of the manufacturer.

Negligence Theory: A negligence theory is appropriate when it can be established that a specific company or entity in the chain of production failed to exercise reasonable care to provide a safe product. A product manufacturer may be negligent in its development of the basic design for the product or the defect may arise later in the production process as a product of manufacturing error. Negligence can sometimes be harder to prove in a product liability case because a product may move through a variety of entities making it difficult to determine exactly where the manufacturing or design error originated.

Breach of Warranty Theory: If a product comes with an express warranty, a consumer who is injured when the product fails to perform safely according to the terms of that warranty may have a claim for damages. Further, there are certain warranties that are implied by operation of law, which may also be the basis for a breach of warranty claim. Unfortunately, many warranty claims are preempted by disclaimers in the instructions or on the package of the product. The packaging of the product also may be relevant when a manufacturer is aware that a product may be unsafe when used in a foreseeable way but fails to provide adequate instructions or warnings.

Holding Companies Accountable for Their Defective or Unsafe Products

Our law firm is not afraid to take on the largest corporations in the state and country to help our clients obtain the compensation that they need to compensate them for serious physical injuries. With the flood of products being imported from countries with poor quality control and few safety regulations, Augusta consumers are increasingly at risk of being injured by defective products. The media has been inundated with reports of dangerous products coming out of China, including cadmium and lead paint in children’s toys and contaminated milk. If a defective product causes you to suffer an injury, you should save all parts of the product, packaging and instructions.

 

If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product, Montlick and Associates is committed to providing exemplary legal representation and tenacious advocacy. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your product liability 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.

Augusta Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

While walking throughout urban and suburban areas around Augusta, there are many hazards for pedestrians including speeding inattentive drivers, poorly designed roadways and a multitude of other hazards. Pedestrian accidents in Augusta are rarely minor incidents because the human body is simply not designed to withstand the impact of several tons of steel. Many Augusta pedestrian accidents result in catastrophic life-altering injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and the loss of limbs. These types of injuries can derail one’s life and cause devastating emotional, financial and physical obstacles. Our experienced Augusta pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been provided effective legal representation to pedestrian accident victims since our law firm was founded almost thirty years ago.

Pedestrian accidents account for almost sixty thousand people being injured and 4,000 deaths annually. Many times Augusta pedestrian accidents involve seniors and children. Many of these pedestrian accidents would be avoided if drivers exercised reasonable care and governmental entities took appropriate precautions to make Augusta roadways safe. Some of the most common causes of Augusta pedestrian accidents include the following:

  • Drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • Accidents caused by fatigued and drowsy drivers
  • Reckless driving practices like street racing and unsafe passing
  • Failure to comply with traffic signals or exercise caution at intersections
  • Speeding drivers unable to stop or avoid pedestrians
  • Poor urban planning that fails to provide adequate crosswalks, traffic signals and other safeguards

While the majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent or reckless drivers, Augusta pedestrian accidents may also be caused by poor roadway design or maintenance, defective motor vehicle components and poor vehicle maintenance. Poor public safety planning when designing roads and intersections in Georgia cities like Augusta is a common cause of many pedestrian accidents. When negligence by a public entity is a contributing factor to a pedestrian accident, special procedures and time limits apply to pursue a claim against the governmental entity. The experienced Augusta pedestrian accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have a proven track record of pursuing pedestrian accident cases against not only careless or inattentive drivers but public entities.

While any pedestrian can be injured in an Augusta pedestrian accident, seniors and children are the most common victims of pedestrian accidents. Approximately 40 percent of those injured in pedestrian accidents nationally are children under the age of 15. Children may lack the experience or mature judgment to avoid errors that put them in the path of unsafe drivers. Numerous studies indicate that children have less ability to estimate time and distance so they are less able to make sound judgments about whether it is safe to cross the street at intersections. The elderly are also more likely to be injured in an Augusta pedestrian accident because physical limitations related to age may mean it takes longer for seniors to cross the street. This common physical limitation that impacts many seniors often is neglected by public entities when designing intersections which do not include center islands and longer traffic signals.

If you suffer the kind of debilitating injuries that result from pedestrian accidents, you may face massive medical expenses and face prolonged periods of disability from employment. Our Augusta pedestrian accident attorneys have worked diligently to build a reputation that lets insurance companies know that we are prepared to seek substantial verdicts in a trial. This often allows us to negotiate a favorable settlement for Augusta pedestrian accident victims on favorable terms. If you or a loved one suffers severe injury in a pedestrian accident or a loved one dies, we may be able to obtain the following forms of compensation:

  • Lost income including future lost earnings due to disability
  • Hospital and medical bills and other treatment related costs
  • Impairment of quality of life and marital relationship
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death damages (expenses related to death such as funeral or burial expenses)
  • Punitive damages (egregious cases like those involve impaired drivers)

If you or someone close to you has been involved in an Augusta pedestrian accident, we recognize that you may be feeling enormous stress, confusion and uncertainty about the future. Our dedicated and compassionate Augusta pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to seeking the best possible results on behalf of pedestrian accident victims.

Know your legal rights! If you or someone close to you has been injured by the negligence of a third party in an Augusta pedestrian accident, our experienced Augusta pedestrian accident lawyers 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 Augusta pedestrian 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.

Augusta Wrongful Death Attorneys

One of the most difficult experiences that one can live through is the tragic death of a family member. While it can be emotionally devastating to lose a spouse, parent or child, the emotional pain can be even more devastating when the loss of a loved one is caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional misconduct of a third party. If your loved one needlessly dies because of the misconduct of another, you may experience many emotions including grief, stress and anger. The experienced Augusta wrongful death attorneys at Montlick and Associates know that dealing with legal procedures and insurance hurdles can be overwhelming when coping with the grief and the financial challenges that accompany the loss of a family breadwinner. Our dedicated and compassionate Augusta wrongful death attorneys are committed to discouraging future unsafe conduct, punishing wrongdoers and compensating victims.

An Augusta wrongful death legal claim involves two separate and distinct claims: (1) wrongful death action and (2) survival action. The damages in a wrongful death action are not part of the decedent’s personal estate but instead damages paid to compensate the family members because a loved one has been taken from them. The damages recoverable are measured by the full value of the decedent’s life from his or her perspective. This includes both economic loss and other intangible forms of loss including lost future income based on typical life expectancy, loss of enjoyment of life experiences and pain and suffering between the time of the incident that caused injury and the time of death.

The surviving spouse has the first priority in bringing a wrongful death claim in Georgia but any recovery must be shared with children of the decedent. If the person who dies is unmarried, then the children of the decedent may pursue a wrongful death claim. Where the decedent has neither a surviving spouse nor children, the parents of the decedent may bring the wrongful death action. If a decedent has no surviving family members with any of these family relationships, then the executor of the estate may bring the wrongful death action on behalf of the next of kin.

The other legal claim that is typically brought in conjunction with a wrongful death claim is a survival action. The administrator of a decedent’s estate may also bring a claim for the damages suffered directly by the decedent. The action is called a survival claim because the purpose of the action is to have someone step into the shoes of the decedent. The damages recoverable in a survival action include medical expenses, funeral/burial costs and pain and suffering if the decedent did not die instantly. Punitive damages may also be recoverable by the estate of the decedent if the facts support such damages.

Because our Georgia wrongful death lawyers have been representing the families of those whose death has been caused by a third party since we were founded in 1984, we are qualified to handle a wide variety of wrongful death claims including:

  • Auto accident cases
  • Trucking accidents
  • Falls from elevations
  • Rollover accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Violent crimes
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Negligent security
  • Construction accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Occupational illnesses (Mesothelioma)

Our Georgia wrongful death attorneys understand the grief and financial hardship faced by family members who die because of intentional criminal or negligent conduct by a third party. The Georgia wrongful death lawyers at Montlick and Associates recognize the challenge associated with coping with the loss of a loved one so we believe in providing legal services based on compassion, commitment and personalized attention. We know that the emotional challenges faced by families of wrongful death victims are compounded if phone calls are not returned and reasonable updates are not provided to clients so we give our best efforts to keeping our clients reasonably informed about the progress of their wrongful death claims.

Know your legal rights! If you or someone you love has suffered wrongful death, our experienced Augusta wrongful death 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 Augusta wrongful death 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.

Augusta Trucking Accident Attorneys

Commercial trucking accidents involving tractor-trailers (i.e. semi-trucks, big-rigs) are unique compared to other motor vehicle accidents both because of the carnage that they can cause and the complexity involved in handling a trucking accident claim. When a 1.5 ton passenger vehicle collides with a fully loaded tractor-trailer, it often results in long periods of medical treatment and rehabilitation, astronomical medical bills and prolonged disability from employment. This can create enormous financial hardships which only intensify the anxiety that accompanies suffering serious injury in a motor vehicle collision. A tractor-trailer transporting the maximum load allowed under federal regulations can weigh 25 times more than a passenger car.

Although tractor-trailers represent a small fraction of the total number of motor vehicles on roadways, they are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Approximately a third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents involve tractor-trailers, and hundreds of thousands of additional people are injured in trucking accidents annually. In tractor-trailer accidents involving serious injury or wrongful death, the party that suffers injury or death is an occupant of the passenger vehicle more than 95 percent of the time. There is an average of a half a million commercial trucking accidents throughout the U.S. per year according to the Department of Transportation.

Our experienced Augusta trucking accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been providing effective trucking accident legal representation since our law firm was founded. Our Augusta tractor-trailer law firm understands the complex issues that are relatively unique to commercial trucking accident claims. Trucking accidents involve a number of litigation challenges that require specific knowledge and experience including:

  • Access of trucking companies to massive litigation resources
  • Understanding the massive federal and state regulatory structure that governs the trucking industry
  • Trucking industry practices of manipulating potential evidence, such as altering driver logbooks or erasing critical evidence stored on tractor-trailer data recorders

These are just a few of the complexities involved in Augusta trucking accidents that make it important to seek the legal advice and representation of an experienced Augusta tractor-trailer accident law firm. Our law firm combines familiarity with trucking regulations enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Transportation Administration as well as other federal and state regulations with knowledge of the tactics used by trucking companies to evade liability in Augusta trucking accident cases. Trucking company practices that may be used by trucking companies to minimize or avoid liability include the following:

  • Manipulation of driver logbooks that track critical issues like fatigue based on hours of service and maintenance issues
  • Repairing and placing commercial trucks back in service so that evidence of vehicle damage and onboard data recorder information is lost
  • Characterizing the driver and trucking company relationship as an independent contractor relationship rather than employment relationship in an attempt to avoid trucking company liability
  • Attempting to shift responsibility to accident victims for Augusta trucking collisions

These types of issues make Augusta tractor-trailer accident litigation complicated. Our dedicated and committed tractor-trailer accident lawyers have been providing legal representation to Augusta trucking accident victims since 1984. If you are involved in a trucking accident you may suffer serious life-altering injuries including:

  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Closed head injuries
  • Severe disfigurement
  • Compound fractures and broken bones
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Amputation injuries
  • Joint injuries including knee injuries

This type of severe injury can be debilitating and adversely impact your ability to engage in your occupation and impair mental and physical functioning. Severe injuries suffered in Mississippi tractor-trailer accidents can rob an accident victim of one’s ability to engage in even the simple pleasures of a walk on the beach with one’s significant other or the ability to carry one’s child. These types of severe injuries may also cause debilitating pain, significant emotional distress and staggering financial challenges.

If you or a close family member has suffered severe injuries or a loved one has died, the compassionate and dedicated Augusta 18 wheeler accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates may be able to obtain a broad spectrum of damages including the following:

  • Expenses related to medical care
  • Lost earnings
  • Partial and total disability
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death – funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages in certain cases

Know your legal rights! If you or someone you love has been injured in an Augusta trucking accident, our experienced Augusta tractor-trailer 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 Augusta trucking 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.

Augusta Auto Accident Attorneys

Our experienced Augusta auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand that motor vehicle collisions can seriously derail an injury victim’s life. They may also cause incapacitating pain and substantial anxiety that may be magnified as your medical bills mount and you are unable to work. When those injured in an Augusta auto accident suffer serious injury, the process of navigating the complexities of the legal system and avoiding insurance traps can be overwhelming. Montlick and Associates has been providing successful legal representation to injury victims in Augusta since our auto accident law firm was founded in 1984.

Augusta Auto Accidents May Be Caused by Many Types of Unsafe Behavior

Although automobiles, pickup trucks, SUVs, tractor-trailers, and all other types of motor vehicles play a fundamental role in our everyday lives, they remain a dangerous cause of severe injury and even wrongful death. A motor vehicle may become a dangerous weapon in the hands of inexperienced, indifferent or careless drivers. While there have been impressive advancements in auto safety in recent years, auto accidents still account for two hundred thousand injuries and more than thirty thousand deaths per year. Many Augusta auto accidents are caused by drivers who are negligent, which is a legal term that essentially describes careless or unreasonably unsafe behavior.

There are many types of negligent conduct that may contribute to an Augusta auto accident, but some of the most common types of unreasonably unsafe conduct that may cause an Augusta car accident include the following:

  • Distracted drivers who are texting, using their cell phones, putting on makeup, eating, drinking or otherwise not paying attention
  • Fatigued or drowsy drivers
  • Drivers who exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for traffic and weather conditions
  • Aggressive driving like tailgating or weaving in and out of traffic
  • Violations of the Georgia Rules of the Road
  • Defective vehicles or vehicle components (e.g. tire blowouts and tread separation)
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Running stop signs or stoplights
  • Improper road design or maintenance

Our Augusta auto accident attorneys are committed to providing the exemplary legal services that you should expect from a large law firm with a reputation built on almost three decades of obtaining tens of millions of dollars for our clients. However, we provide the type of personalized attention and commitment typically associated with a small firm mentality. Our Augusta auto accident attorneys understand that our clients are more than "personal injury plaintiffs," they are beloved family members, friends, neighbors and valued members of our community. Our Augusta personal injury law firm is founded on a commitment to representing our clients with dignity, compassion and diligence. When we represent clients with Augusta auto accident claims, we strive to provide comprehensive investigation of the facts, current legal research, carefully drafted documenyts, pleadings and motions, proven settlement and strategies and persuasive advocacy.

Dedicated and Proven Legal Representation for All Types of Augusta Auto Accidents

Because we have been representing injury victims in Augusta car accident claims since 1984, we have handled the full spectrum of motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, bikes, bicycles, trains and tractor-trailers, including the following:

  • Passenger vehicle accidents
  • Multi-car chain reaction collisions
  • T-bone collisions
  • Hit and run collisions
  • Deadly head on collisions
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Accidents while backing up
  • Rollover accidents
  • Rear-ender collisions
  • Distracted driving accidents

Seeking Maximum Damages for All Types of Augusta Auto Accident Injuries

The massive impact associated with an Augusta auto collision can result in permanent life-altering injuries. Our firm handles cases involving all levels of injury. Examples of some of the most common serious injuries for which our Augusta auto accident lawyers may be able to help you seek financial compensation include:

  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Compound fractures and broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Third degree burn injuries
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Wrongful death

If you suffer injuries in an Augusta auto accident, you may suffer the inability to work and overwhelming medical costs as well as extensive rehabilitative and nursing care. If you experience serious injuries caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of another, you also may face substantial financial pressure. An experienced Augusta auto accident attorney at our law firm will provide you with a free consultation to discuss your entitlement to various types of damages, including:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Loss of earnings past, present and future
  • Pain and suffering
    Loss of consortium (services and affection of a spouse)
  • Funeral/burial expenses (wrongful death actions)
  • Punitive damages (certain cases)
  • Other damages

Know your legal rights! If you or someone you love has been injured in an Augusta auto accident, our experienced Augusta auto accident lawyers 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 Augusta auto 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 Attorneys Serving Augusta Georgia

Over 30 Years of Experience

Montlick and Associates has been committed to providing exceptional legal representation to those who suffer serious injury or wrongful death caused by the negligent or intentional misconduct of third parties since 1984. Our experienced team of attorneys and staff are committed to providing effective representation, including timely communication and responsiveness to our clients. At Montlick and Associates, we understand that injury victims struggle with pain, financial hardships and anxiety about the future that often accompanies serious injury or the loss of a loved one.

Our team of attorneys and staff treat our clients with respect, dignity and a firm commitment to the best possible outcome in their Augusta personal injury claim or lawsuit. We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for personal injury victims. Our experienced Augusta personal injury attorneys have successfully represented clients injured in the full spectrum of injury cases including:

Augusta Auto Accidents: Our experienced team of Augusta auto accident lawyers has successfully represented those injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, SUV rollover accidents and pedestrian accidents. Auto accidents frequently result in debilitating injuries that impose enormous physical and financial obstacles. We work diligently to investigate our client’s auto accident and develop an effective strategy. Our Augusta auto accident team is prepared for the tactics and defenses used by insurance carriers; we combine decades of experience with the resources necessary to obtain the compensation our clients deserve.

Augusta Dog Bite Cases (Animal Attacks): When a person is mauled by a dog or attacked by any animal that has not been properly restrained or that has a reputation for being vicious, our Augusta dog bite lawyers pursue financial compensation for reconstructive surgery, psychological counseling and other damages. Our Augusta dog attack lawyers may use a variety of legal strategies based on leash law violations, prior knowledge of the viciousness of a dog and the unreasonable carelessness of a dog owner as a basis for liability.

Augusta Premises Liability: Our Augusta personal injury law firm handles a wide range of premises liability cases including slip and falls, dog bites, negligent security, swimming pool accidents and other accidents caused by a property owner’s failure to keep the premises safe or warn of hazards. We are committed to holding property owners accountable who through indifference or negligence fail to take reasonable precautions to make their property safe.

Augusta Truck Accidents: When a motorist is involved in an Augusta truck accident, the massive size of a commercial truck or tractor- trailer can mean devastating injuries and massive carnage. Despite substantial federal and state regulations aimed at making commercial trucking safer, truck drivers and trucking companies may violate regulations and safety standards to increase profits. Our Augusta trucking accident lawyers possess extensive knowledge of trucking regulations and industry practices that include doctoring logbooks and destroying evidence. We work to preserve critical evidence in Augusta trucking accident cases that may be used to establish the fault of a trucking company and driver in an Augusta trucking accident claim or lawsuit.

August Wrongful Death Lawsuits: Any loss of a loved one is emotionally painful and may be financially difficult, but the loss of a loved one because of the intentional or unreasonably careless conduct of a third party makes the loss even more devastating. Whether your loved one is the victim of an intentional violent crime, a job injury, or negligent driving, our Augusta wrongful death legal team carefully investigates our clients’ wrongful death claims so that we can help punish wrongdoers and provide financial support for surviving family members.

Augusta Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists are particularly susceptible to careless or inattentive drivers because there is a very small margin for error and virtually no protection when riding a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents frequently result in permanent devastating injuries and far too often fatalities. Our Augusta motorcycle accident attorneys understand the importance of providing our best efforts to obtain the substantial compensation that is necessary when accident victims suffer severe injuries in Augusta motorcycle accidents.

Augusta Nursing Home Abuse (Nursing Home Neglect): The average age of our population is increasing which imposes more strain on the financial resources available to provide adequate care for our elderly loved ones. This increased need for elder care amid dwindling resources often results in nursing homes with substandard care and inadequate staffing. Mistreatment of vulnerable seniors may be the result of intentional physical assault or abuse, financial exploitation or the failure to provide for basic needs like nutrition or hydration. If your elderly loved one has been injured, abused or neglected, we invite you to contact us to see how we can help.

Augusta Pedestrian Accidents: Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to severe injury and even wrongful death when struck by a car, truck, SUV or motorcycle. Children and seniors are often among the most common victims of Augusta pedestrian accidents. Many times drivers that run down pedestrians are drunk or distracted. Insurance companies will often try to shift the blame for pedestrian accidents to injury victims, but our Augusta pedestrian accident attorneys are prepared to aggressively challenge such tactics for our clients.

Augusta Slip and Fall Accidents: Some business owners fail to provide adequate maintenance to protect patrons from falls on wet or slippery surfaces. If you have been the victim of a slip and fall in a grocery store, restaurant, or other business, our Augusta slip and fall attorneys for a free consultation about your right to compensation. We are committed to providing the best possible outcome for our clients who are involved in a slip and fall accident.

Augusta Construction Accidents: The typical construction project in Augusta is filled with potential hazards, including heavy machinery, trenches or excavations, scaffoldings, electrical power lines and a multitude of other potential dangers. If you suffer injury on a construction site, our experienced Augusta construction attorneys carefully analyze construction accident cases so that they can any identify third parties against whom to bring a personal injury lawsuit which may supplement a worker’s compensation claim against an injury victim’s employer.

Augusta Worker’s Compensation Claims: When you are injured on the job or in the scope of your employment, a on the job injury can mean medical bills and disability from employment. Our Augusta worker’s compensation attorneys provide effective representation and help our clients through the complexities of the worker’s compensation claim process. Many clients who do not have a worker’s compensation attorney fall into critical traps including having their claim undervalued by industrial clinics that may provide an unrealistic prognosis and underestimate a injury victim’s degree of long-term disability. Our Augusta worker’s compensation attorneys direct our clients through the claims process so that our clients can obtain income replacement benefits, medical costs and other compensation.

Augusta Product Liability (Defective Products): If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product, you may have a right to pursue a product liability claim. Companies that design, manufacture and market products to consumers have a legal duty not to place defective products on the market that might cause injury to consumers. Thousands of people are injured by dangerous products each year including defective motor vehicles, home electronics, bad drugs, toys with lead paint, asbestos and many other unsafe products. If a defective product injures a consumer, an injury victim may be able to pursue compensation against anyone in the production chain. Our Augusta product liability attorneys may be able to seek compensation from the companies that manufactured, designed or marketed the unsafe product, which may even be strictly liable for injuries to consumers.

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

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.

Augusta Dog Bite Attorneys

Zealous Representation of Dog Mauling Victims –Augusta Dog Bite Lawyer

While many families consider the family dog a vital part of the family and beloved pet, dogs like other animals sometimes exhibit unpredictable behavior that can result in dog bites, dog attacks and even fatal dog maulings.  If you are the victim of an injury in an Augusta dog attack, you may suffer severe physical injuries that require reconstructive surgery and lifelong emotional trauma.  The experienced Augusta dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to shifting the risk associated with owning animals back to those who make the choice to own a dog and to seeking the compensation Augusta dog attack victims need to promote their recovery from the physical and emotional scars of a dog attack.

Dog attacks that result in serious injury are far more common than most people realize.  Each year 5 million people suffer some form of dog bite injury ranging from minor bites that do not break the skin to fatal mauling incidents.  Dog attacks send an estimated hundred thousand people per year to U.S. emergency rooms annually.  Tragically, small children are the most susceptible victims both in terms of the frequency that they are attacked and the severity of the dog attack.

Understanding the “One Bite Rule” in Augusta Dog Bite Litigation

Our Augusta dog bite attorneys typically explore a number of legal theories when analyzing the basis for liability of a dog owner in an Augusta dog attack.  Georgia follows the common law One Bite Rule that has been repealed as unfairly harsh in many states.  The rule is to some degree a misnomer because despite the rules name there is no requirement that a dog need to have bitten someone before liability may be imposed on a dog owner.  This misconception is very commonly misunderstood and leads some to believe that they get “one free bite.”

While there is no requirement that an Augusta dog attack victim prove that the dog has bitten someone on a previous occasion, this approach to imposing liability on a dog owner does require evidence that the dog owner “knew or should have known” that the dog had vicious tendencies.  This is sometimes referred to as the “scienter” requirement.  While a prior dog bite incident is one way that a dog’s prior vicious behavior may be shown, it may also be established by other evidence.  The breed and training of the dog may also be relevant as certain breeds of dogs have a greater propensity for viciousness including pit bulls and Rottweilers.

The case of Supan v. Griffin, 238 Ga. App. 404 (1999) provides a clear direction on how the One Bite Rule works in Georgia.  The plaintiff was injured when a dog on the owner’s property attacked the dog bite victim.  The court held that the true test of liability is the owner's "superior knowledge of his dog's temperament."  Supan's dog had previously attacked another dog while threatening its owner with "bared fangs, vicious growls and attack behavior."  Although the dog did not bite, this evidence of an aggressive temperament was sufficient to impose liability on the dog owner.

 Other Theories for Imposing Liability in Augusta Dog Bite Lawsuits

Our experienced Augusta dog bite lawyers thoroughly investigate our clients’ dog bite cases to identify evidence that a dog owner should have known of a dog’s vicious tendencies.  Even when the scienter requirement cannot be established because there is no evidence of past viciousness by a dog, we may still pursue an Augusta dog bite lawsuit based on an owner’s negligence or violation of a leash law ordinance.  If an owner’s negligence can be shown to have caused injury in the form of a dog attack resulting in a bite or even knocking someone to the ground on a bike, this may be the basis for imposing liability on a dog owner.  Similarly, if you suffer a dog attack in a city or county that has a leash law, an owner may be liable for injuries caused because the dog was allowed to run at large rather than being confined by a fence or on a leash.

 Augusta Dog Attacks May Result in Serious Injuries

If you or someone you love is the victim of a dog attack or dog mauling, you may suffer serious injuries including:

  • Nerve damage
  • Severe disfigurement
  • Damage to vital organs
  • Scars
  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death

If you suffer injuries caused by a dog bite, dog mauling or dog attack in Augusta, our dedicated team of Augusta dog bite lawyers may seek a broad spectrum of damages.  We have helped victims of Augusta dog attacks seek compensation for the following:

  • Lost income
  • Medical expenses including reconstructive surgery
  • Psychological counseling or therapy
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Impairment of quality of life and marital relationship
  • Funeral/burial expenses (wrongful death)

We know that many times serious dog maulings can result in injuries that require extensive reconstructive surgery, which can be painful, expensive and emotionally devastating.  We are prepared to stand behind you and fight for the financial compensation you need to rebuild your life after a serious Augusta dog bite incident.  If you or someone you love has been injured in an Augusta dog attack, our experienced Augusta dog attack lawyers 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 Augusta auto 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.


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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.