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Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in Atlanta

Tractor trailer accidents are common, especially in Georgia. If you’€™ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident and suffered catastrophic injuries, then you need a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta you can trust. Nicholas Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel, of Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, have over 70 years of combined experience trying tractor trailer injury cases, giving you the edge you need to win your case.

Rated in publications like Georgia SuperLawyers and U.S. News and World Report‘€™s Best Lawyers,Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP has tried and won numerous cases involving tractor trailer accidents.

Let Our Expert Accident Lawyers Try Your Case

Although the insurance company at fault is required to pay for damages, you may not receive the compensation you need from their first offer. An experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta knows how to negotiate with the insurance companies to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.

During your consultation with a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta, we will go over many questions in regards to your case, including:

  • Were you hurt because of the driver’€™s negligence?
  • Can you prove the accident was the driver’€™s fault?
  • Do you have enough evidence to obtain fair compensation?
  • And many other questions

Your tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta will give you an honest assessment before taking on your case. If we decide to take your case, rest assured that we will explore every avenue to fight for maximum compensation.

Reach Out to Moraitakis & Kushel for Legal Help

Call (404) 445-1411 or contact us online to speak with a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta today.

Toyota Recalls 1.29M Vehicles Due to Manufacturing Defects

Due to manufacturing defects, Toyota has recalled 907,000 vehicles, mostly Corolla models, for faulty air bags and another 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars for defective wipers, the AJC reports.

Two crashes in the U.S. related to the air bag problem were reported, but Toyota has not been able to confirm them. Toyota has confirmed 18 cases in U.S. of abrasion-type injuries from faulty air bags.

The Japanese automaker has received 46 reports of problems involving air bags from North America, one from Japan, and 25 reports of windshield-related defects.

Approximately 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S. and thousands of similar models in Japan, Mexico, and Canada that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are being recalled due to air bags that may inflate improperly.

The air bags inadvertently inflate when the vehicle’€™s electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags, Toyota Spokesman Naoto Fuse said. Under the recall, Toyota will correct the part to be able to block such signals.

The defective wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect three different Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011, including 27,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Last month, Toyota agreed to pay more than $1 billion in the U.S. to settle lawsuits due to recalls.

Product Liability at Moraitakis & Kushel

At Moraitakis & Kushel, we take on product liability cases of all kinds including automobile defects. If you or someone you know was injured by a manufacturing defect of any kind, contact us at (404) 261-0016 or send us an email. Your first consultation is free, and we charge no attorney’€™s fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

Traffic isn’t simple. In Atlanta alone, there are millions of cars on the road, multiple lanes, speed limits, road signs, and every car is full of people trying to get where they’re going quickly and safely. Add rainy or inclement weather to the mix, and suddenly things get a whole lot more complicated. With low visibility and slick roads, driving in the rain can often lead to serious car accidents.

Follow these tips from the leading auto accident lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to help ensure you have a safe journey the next time you drive in the rain:

How to Drive Safely in the Rain

Whether it’s drizzling, or you’re stuck in a torrential downpour, the following safe driving tips can keep you from having an accident on those slick and rainy days:

Slow Down!

While you may have a very important meeting or appointment to get to, slowing down in the rain can be the difference between arriving a few minutes late and finding yourself in a severe accident. To stay safe while driving in the rain, stay safely below the speed limit, and let speedier drivers pass you.

Stick To the Middle Lane.

Roads are designed to be highest in the middle lanes and lower on the outer lanes so that water can siphon naturally. Staying in the middle lane can keep you out of pools of deep water.

Maintain Proper Distance (Plus Some).

Ease up on other cars and keep a safe distance. Those few extra yards between you and the car in front can help keep you out of an auto accident in rainy conditions.

Use Your Headlights.

Headlights aren’t just for visibility’s sake. They’re also meant to alert other drivers to your presence. In low visibility conditions, headlights and taillights might be the only thing others can see of your vehicle.

Don’t Drive Through Moving Water.

If you can’t see the road through moving water or a large stationary puddle, go around it. If you try to drive through a puddle of unknown depths, your car might get stuck, and your engine might be flooded. Puddles can also conceal potholes, nails and glass, which can damage your tires.

Don’t Slam on the Brakes.

The best way to slow down in rain is to take your foot off the accelerator. If you have to make a full stop, lightly increase braking until you come to a complete stop. Slamming on your brakes can cause your wheels to lock and make your vehicle hydroplane.

Turn off Cruise Control.

While helpful during long drives, cruise control is counterproductive in rainy conditions. If your vehicle hydroplanes in wet conditions, it may actually accelerate.

Drive Smart.

This may seem obvious, but driving can become second-nature, especially on your daily commute. Stay alert, and if conditions become too hazardous or your visibility is extremely low, pull over, put your flashers on, and wait for the worst to pass.

Five Things to Do Before Driving in the Rain

An important part of staying safe in the rain is the preparation done before the rain ever comes. To make sure you’re as safe as possible in wet conditions, consider these car maintenance tips:

• Wipers. Make sure your wipers can easily wipe away rain or dirt without leaving streaks behind, which decrease visibility.
• Headlights. Check your headlights and replace any burned out bulbs. Cleaning your headlights regularly can also help increase visibility.
• Taillights. Your taillights are extremely important for others to see you during low-visibility weather conditions. Replace old bulbs and clean them regularly.
• Brakes. Your brakes need TLC from time to time. Make sure they brake easily, with short stopping distances.
• Tires. Bald tires do nothing to help provide traction while driving on slick roads. Check your tires to make sure they still have significant tread. If they don’t, replace them and have the auto shop rotate your tires.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel: Top Atlanta Auto Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in a car accident during rainy conditions, or due to the negligence of another driver, contact the auto accident lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP. They’ll work hard to make sure you receive justice for your injuries and property damage.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel at 800-688-2357 or online to schedule a consultation with our expert team.

Takata Airbag Victims Suffer Extensive Injuries

The wounds found on Hien Thi Tran’s body after she was injured in a minor car accident in Orlando in 2014 seemed to point clearly to a stabbing. After the accident, Tran was transported to a nearby hospital and police produced a “person of interest” as they continued with their investigation. They soon shockingly discovered that the wounds were not caused by a stabbing, but by the airbag, the car’s intended safety device. Tran died three days later in the hospital with fragments of metal and plastic.

A year earlier in California, Hai Ming Xu, was believed to have been shot to death, because of the extreme facial wounds sustained in a minor traffic accident when his 2002 Acura TL hit the wall of a building in a parking lot. The airbags that allegedly killed both drivers were manufactured by Takata and are believed to have exploded with such force that they sent shrapnel flying into the car’s drivers. Two other fatalities tied to the airbags, also in Honda cars, were found in court records and police reports in 2009.

The Center for Auto Safety lists nine other people that sustained serious injuries. Two of the victims suffered from permanent damage to their sight due to flying shrapnel. One driver, Kristy Williams, had a piece of shrapnel tear her carotid artery. She was able to slow the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, but has since suffered several strokes and a traumatic brain injury.

Honda extended sympathies to the victims and their families and Takata executives apologized for the harmful defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 8 million of the airbags manufactured by 10 different automakers, and may expand the recall nationwide.

Personal Injury Law at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP we have years of experience in personal injury litigation and are proud to offer you a free consultation for your personal injury case. We listen to you, present all of the available legal options for your case, and provide you an honest assessment of whether or not you have a solid claim that we can pursue.

If we determine that you have a viable personal injury claim, we will work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay us no money unless we can win your case and secure a judgment or settlement on your behalf.

Call us toll-free at 1-800-688-2357, or locally at 404-445-1411 today for your free consultation with our expert attorneys. Let us get you and your loved ones the compensation that you deserve for your pain and suffering.

Survey Says: Many Nursing Homes Fail to Report Abuse Allegations

According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health Human Services, many nursing homes across the United States routinely fail to report accusations of abuse or neglect. Of the 209 nursing homes surveyed, up to 85{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} reported at least one allegation to the Office of the Inspector General in 2012. Given that 5 million elderly adults in senior care facilities suffer from abuse, neglect, and exploitation each year, this is hardly a surprising statistic.

As if these numbers weren’€™t enough to make you think carefully before placing an elder loved one in a senior care facility, the survey also found that only 53{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} of the total allegations in 2012 were reported as required by the federal government. Even more troubling was the finding that, of the accusations that were actually reported, 40{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} involved abuse at the hands of an employee or willful neglect of a resident.

Choosing a Good Nursing Home for Your Elder Loved One

Although the numbers presented by the U.S. Department of Health Human Services are certainly startling, it is possible to find quality care for your elder loved one. As you explore the options available to you and your family, there are a questions you should ask yourself as you search for the right nursing home:

  • How does the staff appear to treat residents?
  • How does the staff interact with each other?
  • What sounds and smells do you notice in the nursing home?
  • Does the food that is served meet nutritional needs and appear palatable?
  • Are there social activities planned for the residents?

When you visit a nursing home, you should also take the time to speak with the nursing assistants and staff. One of the most important questions you can ask is if they work a lot of overtime or double shifts. If the answer is yes, you can safely assume that the facility is understaffed, and that your loved one will not receive the care that he or she deserves.

Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers | Mortaikis & Kushel, LLP

If your elder loved one has suffered financial, physical, or emotional abuse in a nursing home facility, he or she is not alone. While our Atlanta nursing home abuse attorneys understand that nothing can erase the pain of abuse and neglect, we can help you and your loved one gain just compensation.

To schedule your free consultation with one of expert nursing home liability lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, call (800) 688-2357 or (404) 445-1411.

Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit in Atlanta

If you or a loved on sustained a spinal cord injury, you may be considering the possibility of filing a spinal cord injury lawsuit.

As medical expenses and rehabilitation costs begin to add up, you may not know where to turn. Fortunately, Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP is here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We’€™ll build a spinal cord injury lawsuit in Atlanta that ensures you obtain compensation to cover:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medical equipment
  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • In-home nursing care
  • And more

Get Top Legal Representation for a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit

Although you may have been offered an insurance settlement, this doesn’€™t mean you can’€™t file a spinal cord injury lawsuit in Atlanta. The insurance company may be trying to minimize the settlement you receive, but you don’€™t have to accept it. We understand how difficult it can be to restore your quality of life after a spinal cord injury, and without the ability to pay for long-term care, it may be all but impossible.

If you were hurt on the job, a spinal cord injury lawsuit can help you maximize your workers compensation benefits. Employers, like insurance companies, sometimes try to avoid their responsibility toward the injured party. At Moraitakis & Kushel, we work to see to it that this doesn’€™t happen.

Speak with Our Lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Get the representation you need to file a spinal cord injury lawsuit in Atlanta. Call (404) 445-1411 to schedule your free consultation Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP today. You pay no attorney’€™s fees unless we win a settlement or win a jury award on your behalf.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Despite the regulations set forth to monitor nursing homes, many facilities continue to fall short of these standards. In many cases, elder care facilities fail to provide their staff with adequate training, or simply have too many residents per employee. As a result, nursing home neglect—and even abuse—occurs all too frequently.

Your elder loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect if they exhibit any of the following symptoms or behaviors:

  • Bleeding, bruising, bed sores, cuts or pain
  • Weight changes
  • Hygiene issues such as body odor, unwashed hair or clothes, or soiled linens
  • Sickness or infections
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Fear of being touched or with loud noises
  • Strange behaviors
  • Listlessness or restlessness

If you recognize any of these signs of abuse, don’t be afraid to ask your loved one if anything is going on. Oftentimes, they are afraid to share their experiences, or fear that by telling, they might incur further abuse. This is just one reason why it is important to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to find justice for you and your loved one.

Choosing a Quality Nursing Home

One way to help prevent nursing home abuse is to look for a quality facility for your family member. In your search for the right elder care facility, it is important to look for the following characteristics:

  • The building is clean and well kept.
  • The residents are clean and free of odors or visible bruises or cuts.
  • They are public about their state reviews and monitoring reports.
  • Residents are engaged in activities with staff and the facility offers regular activities for residents.
  • The rooms are kept neatly and well stocked with necessities.
  • The food is nutritious and prepared safely.
  • Medicines are distributed according to doctor’s orders and in a caring way.
  • The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and caring.

Contact the Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Despite the number of quality nursing homes in the United States, elder abuse and neglect can still happen. If your loved one has endured physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse while a resident at a nursing home, contact us so that we can review your case and help you reach justice.

For a free consultation, call us at 404-445-1411 or contact us online. For more information, explore ourwebsite.

Signs Your Loved One May Be a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

You’ve placed your loved one under the watch and care of nursing home staff and attendants in hopes that they will receive the best care possible. Although many senior care facilities provide their residents with excellent care and medical treatment, countless others have been reported for nursing home abuse and neglect.

Nursing homes are often understaffed, and those staff members are overworked and cannot be in multiple places at once. Because of this, nursing home neglect and abuse can occur.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

In order to make sure your elder loved one is receiving the best possible care, you need to be aware of the physical and emotional signs of nursing home abuse or neglect so that you can take immediate action if you recognize any of them. These warning signs include:

Physical Signs of Elderly Abuse or Neglect
• Bruises, cuts or welts
• Broken bones
• Bed sores
• Soiled bedding or the smell of urine or fecal matter
• Poor personal hygiene (unwashed hair or clothes)
• Loss of hair
• Weight loss
• Illness or infection
• Dehydration

Emotional Signs of Elderly Abuse or Neglect
• Emotional withdrawal
• Listlessness
• Restlessness
• Fear of being touched
• Fear of loud noises

If you recognize any of these signs, it is important that you have a medical professional examine your loved one, and that you contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney for help and guidance on next steps.

Contact the Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from nursing home neglect or abuse, contact the lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP. Our attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience with injury cases and work hard to stand for the rights of those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Call (404) 445-1411 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with one of the nursing home neglect attorneys of Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP.

Protect Loved Ones Against Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

hile most nursing homes provide Georgia seniors with the high quality care they deserve, many elderly people experience abuse and neglect in their care facilities. From physical abuse to financial exploitation, crimes against elders take many different forms. Sexual abuse in nursing home is one of the serious crimes that many elder loved ones suffer from.

The experienced legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. understands the delicate nature of sexual abuse in nursing homes. Often senior victims are embarrassed or ashamed to report the abuse. We recommend that families research their elder care facility and take the following steps to protect loved ones against nursing home sexual abuse:

Frequently Visit Loved Ones in Nursing Homes

Make if a goal to visit loved ones several times a week at different times of day. Frequent visits from family members decrease the likelihood of abuse or an attack. When visitors make frequent visits at different times, attackers are less able to plan an assault.

Ask about Changes in Injuries or Behavior 

If your loved one has unexplained bruises or acts anxious, ask questions. Your senior family member or the nursing home staff should be able to explain where bruises and injuries came from. Unexplained bruises or behavior changed should be thoroughly investigated and brought to the attention of the nursing home supervisor.

Observe Interactions Between Loved Ones and Nursing Home Staff

Make it a goal to watch your senior loved one interact with nursing home staff and other residents. If your elderly family member exhibits anxiety or stress when a certain staff member approaches to help with bathing, dressing, or using the bathroom, then you definitely need to start asking questions.

How to Report Sexual Abuse 

If your loved one is sexually abused in their elder care facility, talk to the nursing home administrator, contact your senior family member’€™s doctors, and call the police. The experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. help you and your family members navigate the legal process with respect and find justice.

Speak with Our Representatives at Moraitakis & Kushel

Contact the lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, L.L.P. for legal support after nursing home abuse. Call our team at 800-688-2357 to schedule an initial consultation in our Atlanta office. The experienced lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP work tirelessly to help our clients find results.

Off-duty Santa Receives $1M Settlement with Trucking Co.

An off-duty Santa Claus has received a settlement of $1 million after a collision with a truck from DSL Express Trucking, Inc. After an initial erroneous report, and a subsequent investigation, Larry Bramlett of Suches, Georgia, reached an agreement with the defendant in settlement of the lawsuit.

On March 25, 2011, Mr. Bramlett and his wife Mary were travelling on I-75 in Henry County, Georgia, when the driver of the truck hit the trailer carrying their Harley Davidson motorcycles. This caused a wreck, injuring both Mr. and Mrs. Bramlett, and a lawsuit was filed June 24, 2011, in Henry County State Court. In the last two years, both Larry and his wife have undergone spinal disc surgeries for their neck and back injuries, of which they have now both recovered.

The initial police report ruled Mr. Bramlett was at fault, but after an accident reconstructionist was hired, it was proven that the driver did indeed hit their trailer. The police report was changed, and the charge against him was dropped. The two parties reached an agreement in early April of this year, and the off-duty Santa received his $1M settlement.

Trucking Accident Cases at Moraitakis and Kushel, LLP

The Atlanta trial lawyers at Moraitakis and Kushel, LLP are veterans in trucking accident litigation who are not intimidated by complex cases or corporate lawyers. The highways around Atlanta and all of Georgia can be very dangerous, and we are here to represent your best interests. We will fight for  maximum compensation in settlement negotiations, or if needed, at trial. Moraitakis and Kushel, LLP are leaders in trucking accident cases.

As in Mr. Bramlett’€™s case, it is important to have qualified legal representation if you or a family member has been in a trucking accident. We also have extensive experience in cases of wrongful death.

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 trucking accident attorney.