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Atlanta Area Toddler Critically Burned in SWAT Raid

While serving a no-knock arrest warrant at 2 am, on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, an Atlanta area toddler was critically burned by a SWAT team stun grenade. The 19-month-old boy remains in critical condition in the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.

During their initial entrance, deputies threw a stun grenade, which landed in the toddlers crib and exploded on the pillow. Acting on information from a confidential informant, the multijurisdictional SWAT team was unaware that children lived in the house.

The local police chief said, €œYou’re trying to minimize anything that could go wrong and in this case the greatest thing went wrong. Is it going to make us be more careful in the next one? Yes ma’am, it is. It’s going to make us double question.’€

There is an ongoing district attorney investigation into the SWAT team raid to determine if any criminal charges will be filed.

The 19-month-old boy is currently in a medically induced coma while doctors treat his burns and lacerations. Doctors believe the young boy is paralyzed and lost the use of one lung. Severe burn injuries caused by explosions, like stun grenades, can require months of recovery and multiple reconstructive surgeries or skin grafts.

After catastrophic accidents and burn injuries, families are able to file suit against negligent parties. The results from the ongoing DA investigation will help determine the level of police negligence and fault. Our team at Moraitakis & Kushel LLP strongly recommends that families seek legal representation after a burn injury caused by negligence.

Legal Action for Burn Injuries at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

When burn injuries result from negligence or preventable causes, people should seek legal assistance. The burn injury lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, work with families after a fire to find compensation for lost wages, hospital expenses, and ongoing medical care. Our team understands the pain and financial burden caused by burn injuries, we help our clients find meaningful results.

If you’€™ve been burned or injured in a fire, don’€™t wait to secure legal help. Contact the burn injury attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to schedule a free consultation. Our office is available at 800-688-2357 or 404-445-1411. After an accident or burn injury, we help families find compensation.

Atlanta Airport Fire Under Investigation

An electrical fire temporarily shut down the airport train and walkway services at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday evening, the AJC reports. According to Airport spokeswoman Myrna White, the fire began around 7:30 p.m. between the C and D concourses and was extinguished about five minutes later.

Authorities diverted travelers away from the area while they tried to determine the cause of the fire. Passengers were asked to remain in boarding areas and were not allow to deplane on Concourse C until 8:15 p.m. and in Concourse D until 8:30 p.m. Train service resumed around 8:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Premises Liability Cases at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Under Georgia law, property owners and managers are required to maintain safe conditions. Premises liability law is designed to protect patrons, customers, guests, and visitors from accident or injury.

If you were injured or assaulted on someone else’€™s private or commercial property you may be eligible to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The premises liability lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP have successfully tried numerous cases like these, and we’€™re here to fight for you.

Call Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP at (404) 261-0016 or 1-800-688-2357 or send us an e-mail to schedule your free consultation with a premises liability attorney. You pay no attorney’€™s fees unless we collect compensation for you.

Another Tragic Trucking Accident Increases Public Concern

On the night of September 26th, a trucking accident near Davis, Oklahoma resulted in the deaths of four softball players from North Central Texas College. The results of a toxicology test have not yet been revealed, but police report that the truck driver, Russell Staley, was found dazed in his cab with a bag containing several prescription drugs, some of which were known to cause drowsiness, and a silver pipe that allegedly smelled of marijuana.

Accident Increases Public Outcry for Trucking Industry Reform

Tragic stories like this have become all too familiar and all too frequent. Especially since the June 7thNew Jersey Turnpike accident that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James McNair, the subject of truck driver fatigue has gained increasing media attention. After Tracy Morgan’€™s accident and fatal accidents like this in Oklahoma, the public has called for stricter reforms and regulation in the trucking industry in order to prevent future accidents.

It is not yet known whether or not Staley, the truck driver responsible for the Oklahoma accident, was sleep-deprived at the time of the accident, but the evidence of prescription and potentially illegal drugs in his truck cab is very disturbing.

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board has said that the organization will be implementing a full investigation into what caused the accident, in the hopes of determining what could prevent future, similar accidents.

While it is likely completely eradicate all automobile and trucking accidents, the expert attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel believe that those accidents that are avoidable should be prevented by the trucking company regulations and safe, responsible driving habits by truck drivers. While the loss of four young women is tragic in itself, the tragedy is compounded by the fact that the accident could have most likely been prevented if proper safety guidelines had been followed.

Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, Trucking Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one are injured in a trucking accident, call the experienced team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to seek justice.

With over 70 years of combined legal experience, Moraitakis & Kushel work tirelessly to help their clients seek justice and proper compensation. If you would like to meet with our legal experts to discuss a possible case, call (404) 261-0061 or toll free at 1(800) 688-2357 to schedule a free consultation in our Atlanta area office.

$3M Verdict Increased to $4.5M in Case for Boy Suffering Brain Damage

A Fulton County judge recently awarded a $4.5 million dollar verdict in a medical case to a brain-damaged five year old boy and his guardian ad litem, Nicholas C. Moraitakis. When the boy’€™s parents, Annette Clemons and Jason Cole, noticed that their newborn son Trevor seemed lethargic and less hungry than his twin sister, they took him to the hospital. Trevor was eventually diagnosed with maple syrup urine disease, a condition which prevents the body from processing certain amino acids, and can cause brain damage if left untreated.

Trevor’€™s parents filed a lawsuit in DeKalb County against several medical and healthcare professionals, and reached several settlements in 2012. The remaining defendants, Dr. Gregory Sysyn and Neonatology Associates of Atlanta, denied a settlement of $2 million after Trevor’€™s parents dropped all claims a few days before trial, leaving Trevor as the sole plaintiff. The case was moved to Fulton County.

The jury at Fulton County decided on a total verdict of $7.5 million, in which Dr. Sysyn and Neonatology Associates of Atlanta would be responsible for 40 percent. Trevor and guardian ad litem, Nicholas C. Moraitakis, were represented by James Poe and Charles Hehmeyer, who filed motions for two amendments to the court’€™s final judgment. Poe amended to add interest accrued from 2012, when the first offer of judgment was made, to the $3 million award under the Georgia’€™s Unliquidated Damages Act. The next motion for amendment was to add the 40 percent contingency fee and expenses under Georgia’€™s offer of judgment statute.

The defendants’€™ representatives, John Hall and Russell Davis, argued that there was a €œsubstantial change in the complexion of the case’€ when Trevor’€™s parents dropped all claims. Secondly, Davis and Hall argued to void the contingency fee and expenses due to the lack of evidence of the amount and cost of the work by the plaintiff’€™s lawyers. Lastly, the defense claimed that the plaintiff had exterior motives, by seeking extra damages under both the offer of judgment and unliquidated damages statutes.

All arguments were dismissed by the judge, and the plaintiff was awarded a $3 million verdict, $107,534 in pre-judgment interest, $1,243,013 in attorney fees, and $128,497 in expenses; totaling to $4.5 million.

Medical Malpractice Law at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Moraitakis and Kushel, LLP specialize in medical malpractice law in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 70 years of legal experience and the help of top medical experts, Moraitakis and Kushel can get you the financial compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been a victim of negligent medical care, please contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.

Listed below are a few case results that Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP have achieved:

  • $7,880,000.00 €“ Brain damage after gynecological surgery
  • $850,000.00 €“ Failure to diagnose a child with ocular cancer
  • $775,000.00 €“ Death of a child due to failure to diagnose and treat an infection

Call Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia at (404) 445-1411 for a free consultation of your legal case.

$200 Million Paid by VA in Wrongful Death Cases

While many veterans receive high quality healthcare after their military service, in the past decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided more than $200 million dollars in compensation for wrongful death suits. Journalists at the Center for Investigative Reporting recently found data from the VA about wrongful death payments made to nearly 1,000 military families.

Unfortunately, across the United States, veterans of all ages received inadequate care from the VA. The veteran wrongful death victims served in conflicts from World War II to the War in Iraq. The cases took place in 49 different states and Puerto Rico. The wrongful death suits ranged from nursing home negligence and untreated cancerous tumors to missed diagnoses and refused mental health services.

On average, the grieving families received $150,000 for the death of their loved one. Unlike medical service in the private sector, families of VA victims are excluded from punitive damages, and must go through an extensive administrative review. Using the exhaustive VA system, many suits carry on for years without compensation.

In the coming days, a congressional hearing is scheduled to discuss the growing number of wrongful death cases emerging from VA facilities. Top VA officials will be asked about employee discipline, unreported disease outbreaks, and extravagant bonuses given to high-level directors.

According to Representative Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, €œIt’€™s not enough for VA to simply compensate the families of those who died. In order to provide real closure for those struck by these heartbreaking preventable deaths, VA needs to hold fully accountable the employees who allowed patients to slip through the cracks.’€

Wrongful Death Suits at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

The compassionate legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP helps families navigate the legal system after a wrongful death case. Our team handles wrongful death cases caused by medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, trucking accidents and more. Our team works tirelessly to help affected families obtain real results .

After a wrongful death, choose the experienced lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP for representation.Contact our Atlanta, Georgia office to schedule an initial consultation with our team.  The wrongful death attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP help families find justice.

Nick Moraitakis Speaks at 2013 GTLA Annual Conventions

ATLANTA, GA (June 3, 2013) €” Leading Atlanta trial attorney Nick Moraitakis, partner in the Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia, recently spoke at the 2013 Annual Convention for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA).

Held May 16th-17th, 2013 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, the 2013 GTLA convention included a number of speakers and special events designed to educate attendees on ethics, professionalism and other topics.

Mr. Moraitakis was tapped to speak on the following topic: off campus premises liability, more specifically the dram shop case. As a top dram shop lawyer in Atlanta, Mr. Moraitakis went into detail on the dram shop statute and case law in Georgia.

Georgia is a dram shop state, meaning that if a patron at a bar, nightclub or restaurant is visibly intoxicated and the bar tender continues to serve alcohol with the knowledge that the patron will be driving, the establishment has shared legal liability.

‘€œThe Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is a great organization that helps protect the right to a trial by jury, € Mr. Moraitakis said. €œI was thrilled to be able to share my insights on dram shop cases and the statute in general.

Mr. Moraitakis, co-founder of the Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, Law Firm in Atlanta, has over 30 years of experience in the legal field. After graduating from Emory Law School in 1977, Mr. Moraitakis immediately began practicing law with a defense litigation firm in downtown Atlanta, which eventually became known as Fain, Gorby, Reeves & Moraitakis. In 1993, Nick joined Glenn Kushel to begin a plaintiff’€™s practice dedicated exclusively to the representation of individuals injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, trucking accidents, automobile accidents, product liability, premises liability and other negligent and intentional acts. Mr. Moraitakis has litigated many cases in State, Superior and Federal Courts to successful conclusion, and has served as lead counsel for presentation of oral argument in many cases before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court. His full bio is available online at http://mktriallaw.com/our-team/nicholas-moraitakis/.

The GTLA, founded in 1956, has a mission of €œprotecting the Constitutional promise of justice for all by guaranteeing the right to trial by jury, preserving an independent judiciary, and providing access to the courts for all Georgians, € according to the website, http://www.gtla.org/GA.

About Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

The expert legal team at Atlanta, Georgia law firm Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, led by top Atlanta trial lawyers Nicholas C. Moraitakis and Glenn E. Kushel, has over 70 years of combined legal experience. With accolades such as a 2013 ranking as one of the Best Law Firms in America (U.S. News and World Report), Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, is one of the leading law firms in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm has a proven record of success representing clients against corporations, health care providers and individuals who have caused their clients harm. Practice area specialties include personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and many others. Please visitMKTrialLaw.com to learn more about the firm and its partners.

Nick Moraitakis & Glenn Kushel Named Best Lawyers in America 2013

ATLANTA, GA (August 16, 2013) €” Leading Atlanta trial attorneys Nick Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel, partners in the Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia, recently earned the distinction of Best Lawyer in America from BestLawyers.com.

According to its website, Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Both partners were recognized for outstanding achievements in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

The term personal injury is a widely used term that refers to a claim made when one party believes another party is at fault and the cause of physical injury, wrongful death or other abuse. If a lawyer can prove wrongful conduct in a case, then the injured party could be entitled to monetary compensation. Most plaintiff lawyers represent clients on a contingency fee basis and receive compensation only when the case is resolved, providing legal access to everyone who may need it.

‘€œNick and I are both thrilled to receive this distinction, € Mr. Kushel said. €œWe strive to give our clients the best service, and it’€™s very humbling to receive such an award for all our efforts.’€

Best Lawyers compiles its attorney data by conducting peer-review surveys with tens of thousands of lawyers throughout the United States. This process enables lawyers to confidentially evaluate their peers. Lawyers cannot pay any fee to participate in or be included on the list, making the Best Lawyers award that much more exclusive.

Those interested can see a full list of honored lawyers on the company’€™s website, http://www.bestlawyers.com/.

About Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

The expert legal team at Atlanta, Georgia law firm Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, led by top Atlanta trial lawyers Nicholas C. Moraitakis and Glenn E. Kushel, has over 70 years of combined legal experience. With accolades such as a 2013 ranking as one of the Best Law Firms in America (U.S. News and World Report), Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, is one of the leading law firms in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm has a proven record of success representing clients against corporations, health care providers and individuals who have caused their clients harm. Practice area specialties include personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and many others. Please visit MKTrialLaw.com to learn more about the firm and its partners.

Nicholas Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel Named 2014 Super Lawyers

(March 14, 2014) ATLANTA, GA’€” Trial attorneys Nicholas Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel, of leading Atlanta personal injury law firm Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P., were both named Georgia Super Lawyers® for 2014. Both partners specialize in serious personal injury cases, including tractor trailer and auto accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and more.

Super Lawyers is a nationally acclaimed rating service that recognizes lawyers in each state who have shown outstanding achievements in their careers while maintaining a high level of peer recognition. Kushel has been named to Georgia Super Lawyers for six consecutive years (2009-2014), while Moraitakis received the honor in 2004, 2005, and 2007-2014. In fact, 2014 marks his tenth appearance on the Georgia Super Lawyers list.

‘€œGlenn and I are both very excited to be recognized on the Georgia Super Lawyers list again this year, € said Moraitakis. €œThis honor highlights our commitment to the Atlanta community and our clients.’€

Using a patented, multi-phased selection process, Super Lawyers selects attorneys from over 70 practice areas from each state nationwide. These lawyers are then evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, as well as third party research, to form a comprehensive listing of outstanding attorneys available to other lawyers and clients online.

‘€œIt’€™s a special achievement for us both to be named to the Georgia Super Lawyers list again this year, € Kushel added.

About Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

The expert legal team at Atlanta, Georgia law firm Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, led by top Atlanta trial lawyers and Georgia Super Lawyers Nicholas C. Moraitakis and Glenn E. Kushel, has over 55 years of combined legal experience. With accolades including inclusion as a Best Law Firm in America (U.S. News and World Report 2013 and 2014), Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, is one of the leading law firms in Atlanta, Georgia. The firm has a proven record of success representing clients against corporations, health care providers and individuals who have caused their clients harm. Practice area specialties include personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and many others. Please visit MKTrialLaw.com to learn more about the firm and its partners.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers was first published in 1991 by Law & Politics and was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010. Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide and in city and regional magazines across the United States. Visit www.superlawyers.com for more information.

 

Glenn E. Kushel Speaks at the Atlanta Bar Association’€™s Elder Law Section Breakfast

ATLANTA, GA (May 16, 2014)’€” Glenn E. Kushel, founding partner at Atlanta’€™s Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. Law Firm and expert nursing home abuse lawyer, was recently invited to speak at the Atlanta Bar Association’€™s Elder Law Section Breakfast. During his speech, Mr. Kushel provided event attendees with practice pointers for cases involving elderly abuse and neglect.

‘€œNursing home negligence is a serious issue affecting our seniors as they enjoy their golden years. It was a great honor to educate my peers at the Atlanta Bar Association about the legal background needed for nursing home abuse and neglect cases, € Mr. Kushel said.

The Elder Law Section Breakfast provides Atlanta area lawyers with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of elder law. The Atlanta Bar Association invites highly qualified elder law attorneys to share their legal expertise at the monthly event.

‘€œIt is important that nursing home abuse and neglect victims receive the legal support they need. Our firm is honored to help these survivors find justice, € Mr. Kushel added.

About Glenn Kushel

Mr. Glenn E. Kushel is a highly qualified Atlanta area lawyer with more than 20 years of legal experience. With a background in nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, trucking accidents, and personal injury law, Mr. Kushel has a track record of helping Atlanta area plaintiffs find justice. In 1993, Kushel teamed up with Nick Moraitakis, and became a named partner in the firm in 1995.

About Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P.

Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. is an Atlanta area practice founded by Nicholas C. Moraitakis and Glenn E. Kushel in 1995. With more than 55 years of combined legal experience, Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. has a track record of success when representing clients who suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect. The Atlanta area legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP specializes in personal injury, auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and more. MKTrialLaw.com @moraitakiskushel

Glenn E. Kushel Reappointed to the State Bar of Georgia’€™s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee

ATLANTA, GA (June 23, 2014) €” Trial lawyer Glenn E. Kushel, founding partner at Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. Law Firm in Atlanta, was recently reappointed to the State Bar of Georgia’€™s Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee for the 2014-2015 term. Mr. Kushel has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1988 and an active member of the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee for the past two consecutive terms.

‘€œIt is an honor to advise my colleagues at the State Bar of Georgia on disciplinary rules, procedures, and policies, € Mr. Kushel said. €œI am proud to work with the talented lawyers on the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee, and continue the Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP reputation of participating in Bar and community activities.’€

The 18-member Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee advises the Executive Committee and Board of Governors on all disciplinary rules, procedures, and policies. The committee provides advice on all procedural and substantive disciplinary measures. All members and their bios are available on the Georgia State Bar’€™s website, GABar.org.

‘€œI look forward to collaborating with other Disciplinary Rules and Procedures Committee members, Executive Committee members, and the Board of Governors in this position, € Mr. Kushel added.

About Glenn E. Kushel

With more than 20 years of legal experience, Glenn E. Kushel provides legal support to clients throughout the Southeast. Mr. Kushel specializes in cases of nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, product liability, and negligence. Since 1995, Mr. Kushel has partnered with Nicholas C. Moraitakis at the Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. is an Atlanta area legal practice led by Georgia trial lawyers, Nicholas C. Moraitakis and Glenn E. Kushel. The lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. bring more than 55 years of combined legal experience to clients suffering from catastrophic accidents, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, construction site injuries, and more. Please visit our website, MKTrialLaw.com or follow us on Twitter @moaitakiskushe to get the latest news and updates on the practice.