If you or someone close to you has suffered the devastating consequences of a car accident, tractor-trailer collision or other serious accident, your ability to seek fair compensation for your injuries or loss depends in part on taking prompt action. Legal claims are governed by strict deadlines, including timing requirements governing claims against government entities for unsafe roadways, and the statute of limitations, which requires a civil lawsuit to be initiated within a certain time after an accident or injury. The importance of these formal timing requirements is mirrored by other critical time-sensitive issues that can impact a personal injury claim, such as seeking medical attention, preserving critical evidence and obtaining prompt legal advice. An experienced Cartersville personal injury attorney at Montlick & Associates can review the evidence in your case and advise you regarding your legal options.
Insurance companies prey on personal injury victims because their sole motivation in any case is to avoid paying compensation to the injury victim. There is a whole litany of sharp practices that the insurance company for the other driver might employ to avoid compensating you for your injuries, including but not limited to the following:
Asking you to provide a recorded statement: An accident victim is under no obligation to comply with this request and should never agree to do so. The only reason for requesting an accident victim to make a recorded statement is to obtain damaging information or inconsistent statements that will be used later to undermine a Cartersville personal injury victim’s case.
Settling quickly before medical or legal advice is obtained: An insurance company adjuster knows that as long as you have not obtained an extensive medical evaluation or legal advice the advantage lies with the insurance company. They may call and offer a check for your medical bills, repair of your vehicle, and a little more soon after the accident. It is never advisable to settle a personal injury claim until you have an idea about the severity of your injuries and have completed the course of treatment. Sometimes your medical condition will turn out to be worse than you realized or other medical conditions will not be immediately apparent. Cartersville personal injury victims also should obtain legal advice before agreeing to any settlement.
Avoid signing documents: There are several documents that the insurance company may ask you to sign, including a consent for release of information or a general release of liability. Either of these documents could damage your case. You should never sign any paperwork provided by the other driver’s insurance company without obtaining legal advice.
Because Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death in Cartersville and throughout Georgia since we were founded in 1984, we have successfully represented clients in a diverse range of cases, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, product liability claims, worker’s compensation claims, premises liability claims and more. Although we have the experience to handle virtually all personal injury cases in Cartersville, some of those we have successfully handled include:
Cartersville Wrongful Death: The overwhelming emotional and fiscal challenges of losing a close family member can be devastating to a family left behind. Many times family members struggle even more knowing that the premature and unnecessary loss of their loved one was caused by the negligent or intentional acts of another. We have been fighting for families of wrongful death victims in Cartersville for almost three decades.
Cartersville Premises Liability Cases: Premises liability cases cover a broad range of injury cases, such as slip and fall accidents, negligent security cases, animal attacks, spa entrapment accidents, pool drowning accidents, construction site injuries and many more. When you are injured on the property of a business owner, public agency or private residence, you may have a right to bring an action for your injuries depending on the specific facts. These cases require a careful review of the facts to determine whether the property owner is liable so we offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim.
Cartersville Motor Vehicle Crash Claims (Auto Accidents): Motor vehicle accident claims are the most common type of personal injury claim by a wide margin. Tens of thousands of people per year suffer wrongful death and millions are injured in motor vehicle accidents. Our long history of aggressively pursuing Cartersville motor vehicle collision claims in Cartersville means that we can handle the full spectrum of cases including: tractor-trailer collisions, drunken driving accidents, distracted driving collisions, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle collisions, bus crashes and more.
Cartersville Animal Attacks (e.g. dog attacks/maulings): When residents of Cartersville and the surrounding areas choose to own pets, they generally are responsible for taking appropriate precautions to prevent injury to others. Nonetheless, dog bite claims account for over $410 million dollars in settled and litigation claims against homeowner’s policies annually throughout the United States. Cartersville dog attacks may result in severe injuries requiring surgery, especially when the incident involves a vicious breed.
Cartersville Nursing Home Abuse or Negligence Claims: Nursing home facilities in Cartersville and throughout Georgia have an obligation to provide adequate care including nutrition, hydration, and access to or assistance with hygiene. When Cartersville nursing homes fail to fulfill this obligation or worse engage in physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse of a resident, our experienced Cartersville nursing home abuse attorneys may be able to represent your loved one in seeking financial compensation.
Cartersville Defective Products: An increasing number of products marketed in the United States are manufactured in China and other countries with poor quality control and minimal safety standards. Consumers have a right to expect that products made available to the public have been safely constructed and adequately tested to ensure that they do not pose a danger to consumers. If a defective product injures you, our experienced Cartersville defective product injury attorneys may be able to assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.
Cartersville Workers' Compensation Cases: Most employees experiencing an injury on a construction site, suffering mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure in the workplace, or enduring a painful repetitive motion injury like carpal tunnel have a right to seek workers' compensation benefits. While the workers' compensation system is a no-fault insurance benefit, it often provides far less compensation than a personal injury claim. We explore the possibility of both types of claims where a third party has contributed to your injury.
Cartersville Pedestrian Accidents - While most pedestrian accidents are caused by negligent (i.e. unreasonably unsafe) or reckless drivers of motor vehicles, this is not the only cause of serious or fatal Cartersville pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured crossing the street, walking on a sidewalk or across a parking lot, call us for your free consultation.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Cartersville personal injury lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Cartersville personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.