Trek Bicycle Recall

Trek Bicycle Recall Products Liability Cases Georgia Attorney

Trek Bicycle Recall

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission is warning that consumers should immediately stop using Trek bicycles equipped with front disc brakes because the bicycle’s front wheel hub can come into contact with the front disc brake assembly, causing the front wheel to come to a sudden stop or separate from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider. The recall involves all models of Trek bicycles from model years 2000 through 2015 equipped with front disc brakes and a black or silver quick release lever on the front wheel hub that opens far enough to contact the disc brake.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Trek has reported three incident involving injuries from this product. One incident resulted in quadriplegia. The bicycles at issue were manufactured in Taiwan and China and imported by Trek Bicycle Corporation of Waterloo, Wis.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission recommend that consumers stop using the affected bicycles and contact an authorized Trek retailer for free installation of a new quick release on the front wheel.

For more information on this recall, please visit the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission Website by clicking here. If you or a loved one has been injured by this dangerous product, call Joel today to discuss your legal options.

Spinal Cord Injuries – Cam Newton

Spinal Cord Injuries From Georgia Car Accident Personal Injury Attorney

Recently, former Auburn Tiger and current Carolina Panther quarterback, Cam Newton, was involved in a serious car wreck. According to, Cam Newton suffered two transverse fractures in his lower back following a two car collision on December 9, 2014. Thankfully, Newton is recovering from his injuries and remains in stable condition according to most major news outlets.

Unfortunately, many who are in similar car wrecks are not as fortunate. Atlanta is surrounded by several major interstates such as I-85, I-75, I-20, and I-285 as well as other many other major highways like GA 400. Wrecks occur on these roadways on a daily basis and often result in serious injures or death.

Some of the most common injuries sustained in these wrecks are neck, back, and spine injuries which can sometimes be permanent and have a profound impact on the lives of the injured person. Examples of neck and back injuries that may result from car wrecks include:

  • Paralysis
  • Herniated, bulging, and extruded discs
  • Neck fractures
  • Cervical dislocations
  • “Whiplash” or a neck injuries caused by hyperextension followed by sudden hyperflexion

Symptoms that are sometimes associated with a neck or back after a car or truck wreck include:

  • Neck or Back Pain
  • Reduced Range of movement or tenderness
  • Numbness in the shoulders, arms, or legs (depending on the location of the injury)
  • Tenderness
  • Headaches, Dizziness, Vertigo, or Blurring of Vision
  • Arm or Leg weakness
  • Paralysis

If you experience any of these symptoms after a car wreck, it is extremely important for you to seek immediate medical help. Doctors will likely perform a series of physical tests and film studies to determine the severity of your injury. Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, treatment options may include physical therapy, injections, or surgery.

Treatment for neck, back, and spinal injuries can be very expensive. If you were hurt in a car or tractor-trailer wreck due to the fault of someone else and have experienced any of the neck, back, or spinal injuries mentioned in this blog, call Joel for your free legal consultation.

Many times car wreck victims settle their case for nothing more than their past medical bills without realizing that Georgia law allows them to recover for other damages such as diminished earning capacity, future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Do not let the insurance company for the at-fault driver convince you to settle your case for less than you deserve. Call Joel today and he will protect you from the insurance companies and help get you the justice you deserve.

Icy Walkways – Premises Liability

Icy Walkways and Premises Liability Personal Injury Cases in Georgia

Icy Walkways – Premises Liability

With the onset of freezing temperatures, it is important that businesses take all reasonable steps to make sure that ice does not cause slip and fall hazards for their customers. Unfortunately, many businesses fail to address icy conditions before someone is hurt on their property. Simple measures such as turning off sprinkler systems, salting sidewalks, and providing warning cones during freezing weather go a long way in protecting customers from injury.

When unnatural accumulations of ice are present on a property, the business owner or occupier may be liable for slip and fall incidents on the property. Examples of unnatural accumulations of ice may include:

  • Sprinkler systems that are not turned off during freezing temperatures
  • Sloping surfaces such as a parking lots or handicap ramps that cause water to accumulate and freeze into icy patches
  • Ice accumulations on a roof that melt, drip off, and refreeze on the ground
  • Leaking air conditioner units that cause water to accumulate and freeze resulting in slippery icy patches

In Georgia, business owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to keep their property safe for their customers. O.C.G.A § 51-3-1. Responsible business owners have procedures in place to try and prevent slip and falls on snow and ice. Examples of measures that business owners can take to keep their customers safe include:

  • Inspecting parking lots, sidewalks, and stairs to identify any hazards that exist on the premises
  • Treating icy spots with salt or other products that can help melt the ice
  • Constructing temporary barricades or placing signs and safety cones to warn customers when icy spots exist
  • Ensuring that drain pipes and catch basins are free from clogs which can cause snow or ice to melt and refreeze on walking surfaces
  • Turning off all sprinkler systems that can cause walking surfaces to become wet and icy in freezing temperatures

Sadly, too many businesses do not take these simple steps which often result in dangerous icy conditions on their property. Slip and fall incidents can result in painful and catastrophic injuries. These injuries may include broken bones, hip injuries, knee injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, paralysis, head and brain injuries, as well as shoulder and arm injuries. If you have been injured in a slip and fall incident at a business due to snow or ice accumulating in a parking lot, sidewalk, store entrance, or handicap ramp, call Joel today for a free consultation to learn about your legal options.

Collapsing Play Yards – Strangulation Hazard

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Collapsing Play Yards – Strangulation Hazard

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission is warning that consumers should immediately stop using Dream On Me Play Yards because the play yard rails can collapse and present a strangulation hazard to young children. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s website, the Play Yards were manufactured in China and sold by major United States Companies such as Amazon, Kohls, Toys R Us, WalMart, Wayfair, along with other online retailer from March 2010 through January 2014 for about $60.00.

For more information on this recall, please visit the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission Website at If you or a loved one’s child has been injured by this dangerous product, call Joel today to discuss your legal options.

Bloody Atlanta – Apartment and Hotel Crimes

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Bloody Atlanta – Apartment and Hotel Crimes

Have you been the victim of a criminal attack at an apartment complex or hotel in the Atlanta area? Unfortunately, many apartment complexes and hotels in the Atlanta area are a hot bed for criminal activity. Many people who are victims of a violent crime at these facilities do not realize that they may have a claim against the property owner and management company if the property owner or manager did not exercise reasonable care to keep the property safe from criminal activity.

In some instances, Georgia law allows innocent crime victims to bring a claim against negligent property owners and managers who fail to take reasonable precautions to deter criminals from coming onto their property. Far too often, people are victims of armed robberies, murders, rapes, or stabbings because apartment complexes and hotels do not take reasonable steps to keep criminals away from their tenants and guests. There are several things that apartments and hotels can do in an effort to deter criminals from preying on their guests. Examples include:

  • Perform proper security audits to determine the level of crime as well as the level of deterrence needed
  • Security Guards and Courtesy Officers
  • Controlled Access Gates and Fencing
  • Adequate Lighting
  • Landscaping which does not provide hiding places for criminals
  • Metal or Solid Wood Doors with dead locks
  • Security Cameras
  • Warning Signs announcing the existence of alarms and/or that the property is patrolled regularly
  • Organize neighborhood watch meetings
  • Proper screening on employees and contractors who will be present on the premises
  • Background checks on prospective tenants

Perhaps the easiest and cheapest measure that apartments and hotels can, but often fail to do, is obtain the crime statistics for their property and the surrounding area and work with local law enforcement to keep drugs and gang activity off their property.

Apartments and hotels should never sacrifice security for profits. When they do, criminals often take advantage of the situation and innocent people are murdered, shot, stabbed, and raped.

If you or a loved one have been killed or suffered a violent criminal attack at an apartment complex or hotel in the Atlanta area, call Joel today for a free consultation. In times like these, you need a lawyer who knows the law and that is willing to do the hard work necessary to determine if you have a valid claim. Negligent security cases involve unique and often complicated legal and factual issues. Joel has handled dozens of these cases and brought them to successful resolutions either through settlements or trials resulting in millions of dollars in recoveries for his clients. You can trust Joel to stand beside you and fight for the justice you deserve.