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The McAleer Law Firm, PC

The McAleer Law Firm, PC

121 Church Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030

Phone(404) 622-5337
Fax (404) 816-7375

E-mail  Contact Charles McAleer

Other Offices: Atlanta (GA)  

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Law Firm Overview

The McAleer Law Firm, PC, provides thorough legal representation and personalized service for accident victims. Our clients are regular people who have suffered life-changing injuries caused by car and workplace accidents, falls, and doctor errors.
Some have lost loved ones from an accident that should never have happened.

The injuries that people suffer can be severe and permanent. Some people have spinal cord or back injuries and can no longer work; others have soft tissue injuries that insurers are unwilling to accept as a valid injury; others suffer from complex regional pain syndrome; and still others are dealing with the grievous loss of a family member in an accident.

Our personal injury law office has a proven track record of results on behalf of our clients. We use our experience, understanding of accident law, and our legal skills to seek compensation for our clients including lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, psychological injury, and lost quality of life.

At The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., you work with a lawyer who gives your case the time, diligence, and personal attention that it deserves. This means that a qualified attorney handles your case from start to finish. When you need to talk to us, we will be there for you. No matter how difficult or "small" your case may seem, we will fight vigorously and knowledgeably on your behalf. Your phone calls will be answered promptly, and your attorney will handle other legal matters that may affect you, like workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, unfair debt collection, or business litigation matters.

Year this Office was Established: 2003

Languages: English, German

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: MARTA Bus Accidents; School Bus Accidents; Limousine Accidents and Injuries; Tour and Charter Bus Accidents; ATV Accidents; Airplane Accident; Amusement Park And Water Park Accidents; Swimming Pool Drowning Accidents; Dog Bites; Pharmacy Prescription Errors; Anesthesia Error; Daycare Accidents; Quadriplegia; Paraplegia; Amputation; Soft Tissue Injury; Whiplash; Orthopedic Injuries; Knee Injuries; Sprain Injury; Strain Accident; Elbow and Shoulder Injuries; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy; Electrocution Injury; Deglove Injury; Avulsion Injury; DUI Accidents; Unfair Debt Collectors; Rear End Collisions; Hit and Run Accidents; Third Party Tort Liability Claims.

Areas of Law Description

The McAleer Law Firm, PC offers legal representation on the following areas of practice:

- Personal Injury

Personal injury cases often involve claims of negligence, recklessness or even intentional conduct. Common injuries in personal injury include head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, broken bones, knee injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, muscle and ligament injuries, herniated or bulging disks, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and death if an accident results in a fatality. The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., in Atlanta, Georgia represents injured clients in personal injury accidents and wrongful death litigation in Georgia and throughout the United States.

- Bicycle Accidents

If you or a loved one was hit by a car when riding a bike, you need to know your rights. Georgia law has rules of the road that govern who has the right of way and who may be at fault for causing a collision between a bike and a motor vehicle. It is crucial that you speak to a bicycle injury lawyer so that important evidence is preserved and so that you do not waive many important rights which could foreclose your ability to get compensation for your injuries.

- Train and MARTA Accidents

Georgia train wrecks are some of the most devastating catastrophes anyone can ever have the hardship of being involved in. If you have been in a train accident or crash, or MARTA train wreck, you need to hire the experienced train wreck attorneys at McAleer Law. Our trial attorneys explain why you will need an attorney familiar with train accidents to handle your train or MARTA rail accident injury. MARTA and freight lines are often involved in various types of catastrophic injury cases and are frequent defendants in these types of law suits.

- Airplane Accidents

When you hire our Georgia airplane crash attorneys, you can be confident that you are retaining experienced Georgia airplane crash lawyers who understand Federal and Georgia aviation law. You should know that these are complex cases and there are many nuances and hurdles that must be cleared before you can recover damages.

- Boating Accidents

A significant part of our practice involves handling injuries caused by boating accidents, whether on the lakes throughout Georgia such as Lake Lanier or Lake Oconee as well as cases that stem from boating accidents that occur in the coastal waters of the Atlanta Ocean. Through this experience, our attorneys understand the complexities of boating accident cases. Our local Atlanta personal injury attorneys are experienced in local navigational laws and rules which provide the legal underpinnings of many boating accident injury cases.

- Motor Vehicle Accident Injury

A motor vehicle accident case can involve cars, trucks, motorcycles or any other kind of motor vehicle. A pedestrian struck by an oncoming vehicle with serious debilitating injuries or a motor vehicle that enters an intersection against the light causing an auto accident is a typical case. Our Atlanta auto accident attorneys can evaluate your claim and let you know what to expect from such a claim. The McAleer Law Firm, P.C. has recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Our auto accident attorneys in Atlanta have years of experience in litigating motor vehicle accident cases.

- Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other motorists, and motorcycle accidents, motorcycle collisions, and motorcycle crashes often involve serious injuries, including brain injuries, burns, fractures, breaks, dislocations, neck injuries, back injuries, nerve injuries, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries. Motorcyclists are often injured, through no fault of their own, by negligent car drivers and truck drivers who fail to see them or fail to yield the right of way. Our motorcycle accident lawyers handle motor bike accidents, motorcycle collisions, traffic crashes and wrecks involving the negligent and reckless driving conduct of other drivers in motorcycle-car collisions, motorcycle-truck crashes, failure to yield the right of way, intersection accidents, dangerous roads and highways, construction zone accidents, hit and run motorcycle accidents and traffic accidents.

- Tractor-Trailer Accidents

The number of large trucks traveling on highways is increasing every year. Because trucking companies and truck drivers are motivated by profit, safety concerns often diminish and other drivers suffer the consequences. This is true for any truck accident or truck crash involving a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, big rig, or even the neighborhood garbage truck. Despite rules enacted by the Department of Transportation, truck drivers often drive too many hours without the proper amount of sleep. To get around these regulations, some truck drivers falsify travel logs and fail to properly maintain their trucks and trailers. Our truck accident lawyers handle semi-truck and 18-wheeler crashes and collisions throughout Georgia and across the United States. Semi-truck and 18-accident cases present unique issues not associated with a typical car crash or motor vehicle accident.

- Pharmacy Prescription Errors

If you or a family member has been injured by a prescription error, contact the pharmacy prescription error attorneys at McAleer Law. The most common errors include filling a prescription with the wrong drug or the wrong strength of the correct drug, or filling it with incorrect dosage instructions. Claims arising from pharmacy cases can be based on either simple negligence principles or professional malpractice principles.

- Nursing Home Abuse

At McAleer Law, we are the preeminent elder abuse attorneys in Georgia and are committed to helping the elderly and their families through these disturbing cases. If a family member has suffered abuse in a nursing home or in another health or assisted living care arrangement, our experienced nursing home litigators can help you pursue your case and obtain justice for your family. We have successfully pursued several nursing home abuse claims throughout Georgia such as elder care malnutrition, bed sores, medical and nursing neglect and abuse.

- Products Liability

Countless personal injuries arise from the use of defective products that are proven to be unreasonably dangerous to consumers. Products liability is an area of the law which holds a product manufacturer and sellers or distributors of that product liable for injury caused by such a negligently manufactured, designed, or product with inadequate warnings. Our experienced consumer product injury claims attorneys will assist the injured victims with their potential injury claims and recover damages they are entitled to under the law.

- Cancer from Smokeless Tobacco

Smokeless Tobacco companies have put products on the market, without warnings, that can lead to cancer and ultimately death. The first ever settlement of a case involving a man who died from mouth cancer as a result of using Skoal and Copenhagen tobacco since the age of 13. The tobacco company paid a $5,000,000 settlement in a wrongful death case brought by the family of this life-long tobacco chewer that died from mouth cancer. The case hinged on the fact that the tobacco user was addicted since he as a child which cuts against a defense argument of personal responsibility. Plus, the absence of any warning labels meant that the tobacco company couldn't defend the case by arguing that they warned the plaintiff.

- Construction Accidents

Construction is a dangerous business and many construction workers are seriously injured or killed while simply doing their job on construction sites. Electrical accidents and electrocution, excavation collapses, and nail gun injuries result in serious injuries and deaths all too often. When a construction worker is injured on the job in Georgia, he or she often cannot make a claim against the employer for work related injuries, as those must be handled in a workers’ compensation claim under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. Regardless of which state you live in, a similar restriction may be applicable to your situation.

- Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries

Attorney Charles McAleer and his associates are here to see to it that your rights are protected every step of the way through a pedestrian accident liability claim. We have successfully represented clients whose cases were rejected by other attorneys who considered them "too difficult" or "too small" to take on. We recently won a significant six-figure jury verdict for a man struck by a car while he was walking in the shoulder of a roadway with an adjacent sidewalk. Although he had been drinking enough to be considered intoxicated, and had chosen to walk in the roadway instead of on the sidewalk, we successfully argued against the defendant’s claims and established our client’s right to be on the shoulder as a pedestrian.

- Premises Liability

Property owners are responsible for certain injuries sustained by people on their property. Premises liability cases occur when a property owner does not maintain the property. A so-called trip-and-fall is a best-known examples of a premises liability case, but such a slip and fall accident case can include any kind of accident in or on the owner’s home, property or place of business where there is a failure to act with ordinary care to ensure the safety of those on the premises. A premises liability settlement or verdict can help a person recover funds necessary for medical or other expenses. Whether a settlement or verdict, The McAleer Law Firm, P.C. will always seek the maximum recovery available under the law.

- Inadequate Premises Liability

Property owners, whether they are hotel, grocery store or nightclub owners, are required by law to take reasonable care to keep their premises safe or to warn people of known dangers that are not obvious. When this does not happen and you are injured in an accident or in a crime because of unsafe premises or inadequate security, the law gives people the right to seek compensation against the property owner. This is premises liability law.

- Slips and Falls

“Slip and fall” accidents typically involve a situation where a person is injured by slipping, tripping and falling due to a dangerous condition. Falls can take place both inside and outside and can result from bad flooring, wet floors, poorly lighted steps, weather-related conditions, and hidden defects. Icy patches, a crack in a sidewalk, or a pothole are also factors that can cause serious slip and fall injuries. Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere, and often occur at grocery stores, department stores, in parking lots, and on sidewalks. While many people, including insurance defense lawyers, make light of slip and fall accidents, the consequences of a fall can be severe. A slip, trip and fall accident may result in serious injuries, such as head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, herniated or bulging discs, fractures, breaks, broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, and muscle and ligament injuries.

- Dog Bites

Dog bites and animal attacks are unpredictable, and all too often result in serious personal injuries, emotional trauma, and even death in the case of a fatal attack. While pit bull attacks seemingly receive the most attention, any dog can obviously bite and, under certain circumstances, any dog or animal can become a dangerous animal. Many states have specific dog bite laws that provide protection for dog bite victims. Though a dog bite, pit bull attack or other animal attack case may seem relatively simple, the issues in an injury or death are complex and often involve questions of legal liability and insurance coverage.

- Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a provider, usually a doctor or a health care facility, fails to provide treatment that meets the customary standard of health care provided by the medical industry. The failure to satisfy the standard of health care, or medical negligence, must result in an injury to or wrongful death of a patient. Medical negligence can include an error in diagnosis, treatment or illness management, and can implicate the doctor, hospital, health facility or government agency that manages the hospital or health care facility. The McAleer Law Firm's talented personal injury attorneys can identify the medical malpractice and hold the negligent party accountable.

- Injuries from DUI Accidents

It is a crime to drive while intoxicated. Yet innocent people are injured or killed daily due to DUI related accidents. In 2006, there were 13,470 fatalities in crashes with alcohol-impaired drivers (this is 32 percent of all 2006 traffic fatalities). If you have suffered a serious injury or have lost a loved one in a DUI accident in the Metro Atlanta area, the attorneys at The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., can help you. We are personal injury lawyers with a proven track record and the skills and resources to pursue the maximum fair compensation you are entitled to under the law.

- Spinal Cord and Back Injuries

Spinal cord and back injury are common injuries for people hurt in car accidents, falls or worksite accidents. The trouble with spinal cord and back injuries is that they can be painful and permanent. Nearly 200,000 Americans live with spinal cord injury (SCI). If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and for your suffering. At The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., we offer caring, comprehensive personal injury representation for people like you.

- Brain Injuries and Head Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most difficult injuries to deal with when you are the loved one of the person who has been hurt. When your loved one has been hurt in an accident that should never have happened, it is our job to help clients recover full financial compensation to help them adjust to their lives and stabilize their financial situation. The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., of Decatur, Georgia, represents clients throughout the Metro Atlanta area regarding personal injury claims.

- Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries. Even though many of these injuries don't show up on MRIs or X-rays, they are still there and can still cause a lot of pain and suffering. Soft tissue injury often occurs in connection with a car wreck or other motor vehicle accident. If you have suffered a bulging disk, soft tissue injury or unexplained pain after a car accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injury. At The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., in Decatur, Georgia, we have the understanding and the skills needed to fight aggressively and diligently for your rights.

- Reflex Regional Dystrophy (RSD)

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic, painful nerve disorder of an extremity of the body. This debilitating condition is typically brought about by a trauma in which a person is injured. The original injury such as a bone fracture in the wrist or ankle appears to heal, but the pain does not go away. The pain can be so severe that even the strongest of pain medications does not erase it. Treatment is generally a mix of pain medication and physical therapy. RSD is a misunderstood, complicated syndrome that is frequently misdiagnosed. Lawyers need to know what they are looking for and have some familiarity with it to help a person who has this syndrome.

- Workers' Compensation

If you are injured on the job in Georgia, and if your employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage, then you are entitled to certain benefits to compensate you for your medical care, some allowable expenses, and lost time while you recover from your injury. While there are exceptions for certain types of businesses based on either the size or type of business, most employers in Georgia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and are required to compensate you for medical treatment, lost income, and related expenses through their workers’ compensation insurance.

- Wrongful Death

Whether in a fatal car accident, related traffic fatality, or other catastrophic accident, the loss of a loved one is a tragic event. No amount of money can ever replace a parent, spouse or child lost in a fatal accident. However, when someone dies through the fault of another, the surviving family members may be compensated for their financial losses in a wrongful death lawsuit. Available damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include: medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of future earnings, and loss of support, love, affection and guidance. Because the deceased family member is not available to bring a case against the person responsible for the loss, their estate is often authorized by wrongful death law to do so on his or her behalf. An executor or administrator, who may be a spouse, child, parent, or other relative, represents the estate.

- Social Security Disability

If you have filed a Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, or are considering filing for benefits because of a debilitating disorder or injury, there is something very important you have to keep in mind: Do not give up! Attorneys of The McAleer Law Firm, P.C. have helped hundreds of injured and disabled people successfully process initial claims and successfully appeal a claims denial. If you are considering filing a Social Security Disability, Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB) or Social Security Insurance (SSI) claim, or if you have had your initial claim denied, let us help you get the benefits you have coming to you.

- Bad Faith Insurance

If you have ever seen an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) form, then you know that insurers speak a different language from the rest of the world. It is the language of insurance, and it is not designed for understanding, but rather to shield and protect insurers. All too often, legitimate claims are unfairly denied by insurance companies. If you’ve had a claim denied, delayed or terminated, The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., of Decatur, Georgia, can provide an experienced insurance lawyer to fight to restore your legal rights and win the compensation you are owed. People who have suffered personal injury regularly have their insurance claim denied or terminated unfairly and it often takes an attorney who knows the law to force the insurers to do what is right.

- Unfair Debt Collectors

The McAleer Law Firm, P.C. represents consumers when debt collectors violate their rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. We can stop illegal, unfair, deceptive, and abusive debt collection practices in Georgia. If you are being abused or taken advantage of by a debt collector or creditor, you have certain rights available to you. Reviewing this web site should help you understand some of those rights. When you file a lawsuit against an abusive or harassing debt collector, you are doing more than enforcing your rights. You are helping to ensure that other consumers are not harassed or abused. Further, you are discouraging not only that particular debt collector or creditor from their illegal conduct, but, as the U.S. Congress rightly points out, you are helping to “ensure that those debt collectors who refrain from using abusive debt collection practices are not competitively disadvantaged.”

- Business Litigation and Contract Disputes

There are an infinite number of ways that businesses can lose money or profits as a result of other people's wrongdoing. Cases involving business torts, breach of contract, business fraud, insurance bad faith or malpractice by professionals such as accountants or lawyers can present many complex issues. Our Atlanta business law attorneys have much to offer, including having developed handling techniques designed to maximize our clients' recoveries in business litigation cases.


If you or a family member has been injured in a job-related accident on or near a railroad, you may be able to bring a claim for damages under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). Under FELA, railroad workers in Georgia not covered by workers' compensation and not provided with workers’ compensation insurance by their employer, have the right to seek compensation against companies over their injury claims. The McAleer Law Firm, P.C., in Decatur, Georgia, offers caring guidance and aggressive representation on behalf of injured railroad workers or workers whose health has been damaged from railroad work. Charles H. McAleer is an experienced lawyer who can help you obtain justice.

- Whistleblower Cases

When an employee witnesses or has knowledge of a past or present fraud committed against the federal government by his or her employer, that person becomes a 'whistleblower' if they bring this fraud to light. The offending employer's conduct often involves misusing government funds that have been appropriated to them through contracts to perform services, or even money given to them through a stimulus package. Additionally, along with a whistleblower claim, a qui tam action can also be brought against the violating employer if the employee is penalized by their company for exposing these truths. When you have been retaliated against after blowing the whistle, the McAleer Law Firm, P.C. helps.

- Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is a complex area of the law and it is advised that you seek legal representation if you find yourself being harassed in the workplace. If you have a problem with or have witnessed sexual harassment in the workplace, chances are that there is other unlawful conduct going on.


Shaun Cade Mr. Shaun Cade
Car Accident, Negligence, Slip and Fall, Car Wrecks

R. Scott Christopher Mr. R. Scott Christopher
Personal Injury, Workers Compensation

Katherine Jackson Ms. Katherine Jackson
Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation

Charles McAleer Mr. Charles H. McAleer
Managing Attorney
Accident, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability


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  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Auburn Alumni Association

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