Tag: Personal Injury

Work Related Burn Injuries

There are over 40,000 work-related burn injuries every year. These injuries can be caused by various accidents and events. Many times the accident is preventable and occurred due to another individual’s negligence, poor training, faulty equipment, or an employer disregarding safety regulations.

Types of Burns

Work related burns are most often thermal (exposure to heat), chemical, or electrical. People who work in factories or construction are at greater risk for these types of burns due to their exposure to flammable materials and things like water heaters and boilers.

Burns sustained are categorized in three different degrees: first, second, and third. First degree burns are superficial, causing the skin to become red and painful. Second degree burns burn the top two layers of skin, creating blisters. Third degree burns, are the most severe and burn all layers of the skin, creating areas that appear white or black and leathery.

Recovery from burns can be long and require multiple types of specialists and treatments. Even if you have a first degree burn it is important to seek medical attention, as complications can develop later.

Receiving Compensation

If you have been burned at work, it is important to seek legal advice. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance policy many businesses are required to have. Workers’ compensation is available to cover medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and a portion of lost wages for individuals hurt on the job.

Workers’ Compensation will take effect immediately upon the injured employee filing the “first report of injury” form; this also means the employee cannot sue their company in the future for the injury sustained.

While workers’ compensation covers most expenses, there may be other underlying third party claims that can supplement your workers’ compensation.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Confronting a product manufacturer and keeping legal matters in line can be complicated, time consuming, and stressful. For these reasons it is important to receive legal counsel regarding your work-related burn as soon as possible.

Our legal team is experienced in workers’ compensation and personal injury law. Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP for a free consultation.

Woman Awarded $1.3M after Losing Sight in Supermarket Fall

A Clayton County woman recently won a $1.3 million jury award because she lost her sight in her left eye after falling into the bagging station of a grocery store.

Ellen Myers claims she tripped on a wrinkle in a floor mat at the entrance of Food Depot in Rex, GA. The store disputed whether this was the cause. Yet Myers’€™ story never changed, giving the jury reason to believe she told the truth.

The accident took place on September 17, 2010, when Myers, 49, entered the store. She tripped and fell into the metal frame of the grocery bagging carousel, striking her face. Despite emergency medical care, Myers’€™ lost still lost vision in her left eye.

Clayton County State Court Judge Aaron Mason entered the $1.3 million judgment on April 2, following a weeklong trial that ended on March 29.

Premises Liability Cases at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Georgia law requires property owners and property manager to maintain safe conditions, be it commercial or private property. Premises liability law is designed to protect anyone who sets foot on the property. Even if you were trespassing in some way, you may have the right to recovery in the event of an accident.

As the leading premises liability lawyers in Atlanta, we have successfully resolved and tried to verdict  cases involving the failure of a landowner to protect guests from serious injury including negligent failure to provide securing that resulted in assaults, rapes, and even death.

We are committed to getting you great results, and you will pay no attorneys fees unless we collect compensation for you. Call Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP at (404) 261-0016 to schedule your free consultation with a premises liability attorney.

Wife of Slain Taxi Driver Awarded $1.2M Settlement

The wife of a slain taxi driver has been awarded a settlement of $1.2 million from the then-owner of an apartment complex where her husband was fatally shot. Five and a half years after the death of her husband, and a complex legal battle against Bethany Group, LLC, a settlement was reached on April 4th, 2013. The agreement occurred approximately one year after Bethany was denied an appeal.

Her husband, Dane Grobman, 52, was shot and killed in the early morning of November 9, 2007, at the Alden Ridge Apartments on Brockett Rd. in Clarkston, Georgia. The apartment complex had a long history of criminal activity including drug dealing and robberies, and the person who called the cab was never found. Phone records yielded an untraceable disposable cellphone.

The apartment complex previously had employed round-the-clock security, but not since prior to February 2007, according to a brief. No private security guards were on the premises that night.

Georgia Premises Liability Law at Moraitakis and Kushel, LLP

Georgia law requires property owners and property managers to maintain safe conditions on their commercial and private property. If you were hurt or assaulted on someone else’€™s private or commercial property, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. As in the tragic case of the slaying of Mr. Grobman, a surviving spouse may be entitled to compensation. The leaders in Atlanta in premises liability law, Moraitakis and Kushel, LLP are dedicated to getting you results.

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.

What you Need to Know About Nursing Home Law

If you or your loved ones have been the victims of nursing home negligence or abuse, you may not know where to turn for advice. At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia, we pride ourselves on representing clients who have been abused by a nursing home or assisted care facility.

Nursing home or elder abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Bed sores
  • Physical injuries
  • Bruises
  • Errors dispersing medication

Understanding Nursing Home Law

Here are a few important things you need to know about nursing home law that many assisted care facilities will not tell you. Take these into consideration when you feel you or your family member has been wronged by a nursing home or other such facility:

  • Federal law permits families and patients to assist in developing a care plan, which includes nursing home staff making reasonable adjustments to a plan to comply with the specific needs of patients. If a facility has told you that you have no rights to determine certain aspects of the care you or your loved one receive, consider contacting Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP and let us provide a free consultation to advise you on the next steps to take.
  • Nursing homes may try to manipulate family members into signing a €œresponsible party’€ clause without adequately explaining what the term means. This clause essentially states that the family of a patient is financially responsible for their administered care in the event that the patient cannot provide adequate funds. This is legal under federal and state law, but not informing the responsible party of their financial obligation is not, so be weary of this terminology in any admission agreement you sign for your family member.
  • Many nursing homes will try to evict €œdifficult’€ residents when demand for nursing home beds outstrips supply. Eviction is legally only allowed for the following reasons: failure to pay for care, a patient is deemed fit to no longer require assisted living, a patient’€™s needs cannot be met at the facility, a resident is endangering the health and safety of others, or if the facility is going out of business. Facilities must provide written notice of eviction, often within 30 days of discharge, along with evidence to support their decision.

Reach Out to Our Law Team for Advice on Nursing Homes & Elder Abuse Cases

If you or your loved one has been abused in any of these or other ways by a nursing home, contactMoraitakis & Kushel today at 404-445-1411 or 1-800-688-2357 to have our nursing home law specialists evaluate your case and get you and your family compensated for any pain and suffering you may have endured.

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 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.

Nursing Homes Nationwide Receive Lower Quality Scores

As a result of sweeping changes made in nursing home evaluation standards, many nursing home facilites nationwide are facing a drop in quality ratings. The poor ratings come as no surprise to advocates for the elderly, who have long decried the under-staffing of nursing homes and the overuse of anti-psychotic drugs on the elderly.

A drop in ratings will mean trouble for some nursing homes, which tend to tout their high quality ratings to potential residents in marketing materials. Officials in charge of the quality ratings and Nursing Home Compare website emphasize that the toughened quality standards do not necessarily signal a widespread decline in quality of nursing homes, but serve to encourage continuous improvements in elder care.

Officials Crack Down on Anti-Psychotic Drug Usage in Nursing Homes

The five-star quality rating system, which is used by nearly 1.5 million consumers each year, was recently updated to account for facilities’ use of anti-psychotic drugs. These medications have been shown to pose serious health risks for the elderly, especially for patients with dementia.

While the use of these drugs is often necessary for patients with conditions such as schizophrenia and Tourette syndrome, many facilities give these strong anti-psychotic drugs to patients who do not need them.

Nursing home resident advocates have long criticized the use of these powerful anti-psychotic drugs on the elderly. They claim that facilities use these medications to drug patients rather than provide adequate staffing and care for patients.

Many Nursing Homes Nationwide Lose Five-Star Rating

Due largely in part to the tougher standards regarding anti-psychotic drug usage, the average quality-of-care rating for nursing homes nationwide plummeted from 4.18{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} to 3.3{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} on the five-star ranking scale. A total of 61{feda45885e261fa14202848ec0416fdb5a1c332b072331bc4b7a4cd461f32529} of facilities nationwide saw a decrease in quality-of-care scores.

The more accurate rating system has also made it more difficult for facilities to earn and maintain the much sought-after five star rating, with 1,200 nursing homes losing their five-star accreditation this year.

About Nursing Home Abuse Experts, Moraitakis & Kushel

At Atlanta legal firm Moraitakis & Kushel, our team has extensive experience representing the families and victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our experienced team works hard on the side of victims of nursing home abuse, and always remains up to date on the latest developments and regulations in the industry.

While many efforts have been made to improve the safety of nursing homes nationwide, the elderly population still suffers a tragic amount of abuse and neglect in these facilities.

Listed below are a few resources to help educate consumers about the various forms nursing home abuse and neglect may take:
Neglect and Bed Sores
Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
Unexplained Falls and Deaths
Dehydration and Malnutrition

To meet with the team at Moraitakis & Kushel for a consultation about nursing home abuse, please call our office at 404-445-1411 or 800-688-2357, or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Atlanta

Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP is a leading nursing home abuse law firm in Atlanta dedicated to protecting your elderly loved ones. Your choice of a nursing home abuse lawyer in Atlanta is crucial to get proper protection and just compensation for your nursing home abuse case.

Identifying Nursing Home Abuse

Atlanta law partners Nicholas Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel are top nursing home abuse attorneys in Georgia, and have the comprehensive knowledge of nursing home abuse and neglect law necessary to represent your family in court.

Nursing home abuse may have occurred in a nursing home with any of the following circumstances:

  • Unexplained broken bones or wounds or signs of blunt force trauma
  • Pressure sores, unexplained weight loss, or significant changes in behavior
  • Patients left unattended for long periods of time
  • Failure of staff to respond to calls for help
  • Dehydration or malnutrition, or unexplained weight loss
  • Among others’€

Other legal issues may also arise to constitute medical malpractice, such as the switching of medications. An expert nursing home abuse lawyer in Atlanta is important to help ensuring your family has the legal protection it needs in the areas of nursing home abuse and neglect law, as well as medical malpractice.

How to Deal with Nursing Home Abuse

It is a complicated and emotional decision when a friend or loved one needs nursing home care. We understand. Even when we do our best to make the most careful choice, there is no guarantee of the quality of care our family member will receive at a long-term care facility. It is heartbreaking when the trust is broken and our loved ones are not taken care of properly. We want to represent you as yournursing home abuse lawyer in Atlanta to hold those responsible for abuse or neglect, and to prevent this tragedy from occurring to other families.

Reach Out to Us for Help

We have two convenient numbers to serve you. Dial 1-800-688-2357 toll-free, or in Atlanta call 404-445-1411 for a free consultation. Call today to connect with a highly qualified nursing home abuse lawyer in Atlanta.