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Ryan Montgomery Law Selected a 2021 Best Law Firm

2021 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Reports and Best Lawyers®

Ryan Montgomery Law has been selected as a 2021 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Reports and Best Lawyers®.  The firm is ranked regionally in the Greenville, SC metropolitan area as a Tier 2 law firm in one practice area – Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants.  Ryan Montgomery is also a Recognized Lawyer in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.  The law firm has been represented on the list since 2019.

U.S. News & World Reports and Best Lawyers® have joined together to rank over 15,000 law firms across the country.  The list includes firms in more than 100 legal practice areas and specialties.  Best Lawyers® ranks law firms using a tier system rather than ranking firms sequentially.  Firms in a geographical area are often separated by only small differences in the overall scoring.

To be eligible for consideration, firms must have at least one attorney who has received high enough peer review to be recognized in the current edition of Best Lawyers® in a Best Law Firms ranked practice area/metro area.  The formal submissions process includes a survey to clients addressing the firm’s expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost effectiveness, civility, and whether the respondent would refer another client to the practice.  Client and professional reference submissions are kept strictly confidential.  In addition, data is collected from Best Lawyers® ballots from attorneys currently recognized in Best Lawyers®.

Rankings are released to the public each year at bestfirms.usnews.com.  Best Lawyers® has a search directory that enables people to select firms in their area and view a side-by-side comparison.

Ryan Montgomery Law is a Greenville, South Carolina firm specializing in Personal Injury Law.  For more than a decade, they have been dedicated to helping clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents (Workers’ Compensation), and slip and fall accidents. The firm also handles product liability cases, wrongful death, and Social Security disability.  They are proud to have received 5 Star ratings from both Avvo and Lawyers.com. 

Ryan Montgomery Law ensures clients’ rights are protected and will work to obtain the best possible outcome.  Cases are handled on a contingency fee basis.  There is no charge unless they recover a settlement for clients.  Contact an attorney at Ryan Montgomery Law today to discuss your case.

Road Construction Accidents in South Carolina

The South Carolina DOT recently announced a 2021-2022 road paving program that will be the largest in state history.  One thousand miles of state roads are scheduled to be rehabilitated and paved over the next two years.  All 46 counties will see paving projects.  Roads on the work schedule include larger primary roads as well as some interstate highways.  Upstate roads being repaved include US Hwy 123, US Hwy 221, US Hwy 276, SC 290, and SC 247.

2019 Statistics

Many accidents occur each year in road work zones on heavily traveled highways.  According to the 2019 South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book, there were 2,586 total accidents in work zones.  These accidents resulted in 11 fatalities, 27 serious injuries, and 876 other injuries.  The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse lists two of the fatalities as being road construction workers.

Causes of Work Zone Accidents

There are several major causes of work zone accidents:

Drivers in work zones should be prepared for the unexpected.  They should be prepared to encounter lane closures, merging traffic, cones and barrels, detours, workers, and police vehicles.  Always be alert, slow down, and keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Documenting your accident

Here are important things to do when you are involved in an accident:

If you have been injured in a work zone accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.  Speak to an experienced accident attorney.  A personal injury attorney can advocate on your behalf and help you maximize your compensation. 

At Ryan Montgomery Law, lawyers can handle your case on a contingency fee basis.  This means we charge no fee unless we recover a settlement for you.  Contact us today for a consultation.    

Product Liability Cases in South Carolina

Dangerous and defective products can cause serious injury and even death.  There are hundreds of product recalls every year, despite the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that their products are safe for consumers to use.  Recalls of a product often indicate that people have already suffered injury when using the product.  Who can be held liable when an injury or death occurs?  The responsibility for faulty and defective products is not just limited to the manufacturer.  Others in the “chain of distribution” can also be held responsible.  Liability may extend to the suppliers, distributors, and retailers who sell the product, and potentially advertisers and maintenance companies.  A lawsuit typically tries to show negligence in some capacity, and that the negligence resulted in injury or death.

There are three different types of product liability claims that are generally made in lawsuits.

Defects in design

A flaw in the design has made the product dangerous.  This is not an error in the manufacturing process.  The product may have been made exactly to the manufacturer’s specifications.  The consumer may have been using the product properly and for its intended purpose.  Examples may be poorly designed automobile airbags or an electrical appliance that overheats and causes a fire.

Defects in manufacture

An error occurred during the making of the product.  There may have been faulty, broken, or missing parts.  There may have been a failure to assemble the product correctly, according to manufacturer’s specifications.  Contamination of a food product or medication batch may have been allowed to occur, thus tainting the product.

Insufficient or missing warnings

Warning labels may have failed to alert the consumer of potential dangers if the product was not used properly.  There may be a lack of instructions or insufficient instructions for the safe handling of a product.  An example may be a medication that fails to list possible side effects or a lack of warning about using it with other medications.  Product warnings must be clearly stated and specific.  They must be placed in a conspicuous location for consumers to easily see.

South Carolina law requires that product liability or defective product lawsuits be filed within three years of the date of the injury.  The injured party doesn’t have to be the buyer of the product if they were injured while the product was in use.  The injured party can claim medical bills, lost wages, depreciated earnings, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective or dangerous product, speak with a product liability attorney at Ryan Montgomery Law.  Save the product, if possible, along with operating manuals, product instructions, and sales receipts.  Document injuries and medical treatment.

Ryan Montgomery Law handles the following types of product liability cases:

Call Ryan Montgomery Law today for a free case review.