Hapeville Personal Injury Attorneys
Tort law is an integral component of the legal system, providing compensation when personal injury or death is caused by the negligence or willful action of another. Compensable injuries can take the form of mental, physical, or emotional harm. Frequently, a medical “expert witness” is necessary to define the nature, severity, and complex causes of personal injuries that take place in industrial or manufacturing environments, on private property or at the hospital. It is important for individuals to exercise caution when operating heavy equipment at work, driving a motor vehicle, negotiating debris on the floor of a restaurant or otherwise engaging in everyday activities that can result in injuries caused by hazards and unsafe conduct. Our experienced Hapeville personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been providing diligent and aggressive legal representation to injury victims since our law firm opened its doors in 1984.
Intentional Torts (Sexual Assaults and Violent Crimes) – Negligent Security – Premises Liability
Hapeville residents do not need to look far to find improperly cleared commercial hazards or serious criminal acts. While it is not something that is pleasant to think about, preparedness and situational awareness go a long way toward preventing criminal attacks on commercial or rental property with inadequate security measures. The benefit of preparation cannot be overstated; but sexual assaults, rapes, and physical attacks may still occur on a college campus, in a shopping center parking lot or in common areas of a condo complex. When they do, courts may award financial compensation based on premises liability law against property owners who fail to provide adequate security measures. The court may even award punitive damages as a measure of retribution to punish the negligent party and discourage similar misconduct in the future. In the aftermath of a crime, the mix of emotions and shock that injury victims confront can be difficult and overwhelming to process. Our dedicated Hapeville personal injury lawyers can offer an objective view of your rights and remedies, backed by years of experience and extensive knowledge of legal procedure, doctrines, and case law.
Standards of Care -- Slip and Fall Accidents – Premises Liability Claims – Medical Malpractice
In many cases of serious personal injury caused by the negligence of a third party, such as where someone falls because of a slippery or sticky floor in a grocery store, the key issues in imposing liability are whether reasonable care could have prevented the accident, and whether the injuries were foreseeable. In commercial settings, as well as in medical malpractice cases, the answers to these critical questions depend heavily on industry standards and whether the offending company or individual deviated from the appropriate standard of care in contributing to the cause of injury. Medical professionals are held to a higher standard than a driver in a car accident because the doctor has specialized knowledge and training.
A medical professional’s standard of care is expected to conform to that of a similarly trained professional in the geographic area in a similar situation. Medical professionals are expected to provide quality health care and exercise professional competence. When doctors stray from accepted medical practices, fail to follow up with patients, or otherwise abuse the patient-doctor relationship, it is important to hold medical professionals accountable while compensating patients for injuries both seen and unseen.
Strict Liability -- Dog Bite Attacks – Product Liability – Motor Vehicle Accidents – Car Accidents
While many people would not think that a dog attack, defective product claim, and motor vehicle accident case have much in common, they are all areas where strict liability make an injury victim’s job easier when pursuing a claim for damages. Dog owners, companies that manufacture and distribute defective products, and drivers of motor vehicles may all be held accountable based on the legal concept of strict liability in certain situations. Dog owners who have observed patterns of vicious behavior, received reports of the vicious propensity of their dog or otherwise have reason to know their dog may be dangerous may be strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog.
Similarly, a business that designs or manufactures a product may be liable based on strict liability provided that the defect that causes injury is present when the product left the control of the business. Dangerous products often show no visible signs of potential hazards so that consumers can protect themselves from injury. Further, businesses that produce consumer products, such as motor vehicles, household appliances and electronics, children’s products, and pharmaceuticals are in the best position to test their products and prevent injury to consumers so imposing strict liability creates a financial incentive to implement measures to protect consumers.
Motor vehicle accident claims may also be based on strict liability when drivers violate Georgia traffic safety laws by speeding, committing DUI, or running stop lights. Tractor-trailer accidents (i.e. trucking accidents) caused by violations of trucking regulations that require mandatory drug testing, ban texting while driving, and establish limits to prevent fatigue-based trucking accidents may also be the basis for imposing strict liability. Violations of traffic safety statutes or trucking safety regulations may be a basis for seeking compensation on a strict liability basis under the doctrine of negligence per se, which imposes liability for injury caused by violations of safety laws.
These are just some of the types of legal principles and cases that we handle at Montlick and Associates. We are a full service Hapeville personal injury law firm that has helped people throughout Georgia recover compensation in serious injury and wrongful death cases for close to three decades. Some of the other types of personal injury cases that we handle for our clients include:
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation Claims
- Heavy Machinery Accident Claims
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Drain Entrapment Accidents
- Wrongful death claims
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Industrial Accidents
- Most other injuries caused by careless or intentional conduct
Whether a personal injury occurs at the intersection down the street, or while an employee is working to provide for his or her family, the result is that the victim's life may be forever altered. Negligence on the part of individuals or organizations may even cause a wrongful death and leave surviving family members to bear the dual impact of the emotional and financial loss of a loved one. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Hapeville 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 a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Hapeville 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 at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.