Avoid Auto Sale Fraud

Each year, thousands of people are victims of auto sale fraud in the United States. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center estimates that nearly 14,000 complaints were made from consumers that were victimized by online auto scams from 2008-2010 across the country. The total dollar amount added up to nearly $44.5 million in the same time period. And this number does not include those who fell victim to scams in person, either by a dealership or private individual.

Consumer Protection for Car Buyers

Buying a vehicle is an expensive transaction. When you add in financing, leasing, tax and title payments, down payments and trade-ins, it can become complicated quickly. Car salesmen want to make sure you feel like you are getting a good deal, but often that isn’t the case. If you feel like you have been the victim of an auto sale scam, contact the Atlanta consumer protection attorneys today.

Here are a few tips for avoiding auto sales fraud:

  • Each year, millions of automobiles are damaged in crashes and floods. While insurance companies may deem these vehicles totaled, they often being fixed and sold at auction. You do not want to unknowingly purchase a totaled vehicle. Be sure to get the car inspected by a mechanic and body shop before you purchase the vehicle. It’s also important to check out the vehicle ID number (VIN) and get a vehicle history report.
  • Avoid odometer fraud by comparing the odometer reading to the vehicle history report. You can also look at the maintenance and inspection records to see if the numbers make sense. If you have purchased a vehicle you believe has had the odometer tampered with, contact the Athens consumer protection attorneys at Hurt, Stolz & Cromwell, LLC today.
  • Most car salesmen want to complete the deal as soon as possible. If someone seems too pushy and it makes you uncomfortable, it’s may be because the person selling you the car is intending on committing auto sale fraud. Often, they want you to take care of the transaction as quickly as possible, so you don’t have time to think about it and back out. If you feel uneasy about a transaction, trust your instincts and make sure you get the vehicle checked out before moving forward.

Unfortunately, auto sale scams are common in Georgia. If you feel like you have been a victim of auto sale fraud it is important to have someone who will fight for your rights. Georgia law protects consumers and an experienced consumer protection attorney can navigate the complex legal system and work hard to get a favorable outcome in your case.

When a Landlord Violates Tenant Rights by Blockade, Consider a Premises Liability and Consumer Protection Lawsuit

Worst Athens Landlord Dispute of the Year?

Everyone may not be cut out to be a landlord, especially if weak anger management skills cause them to violate the rights of their tenants. Georgia landlord/tenant law clearly addresses all aspects of a rental arrangement and both sides have a responsibility to understand and comply with each requirement.

Tenants must pay rent in a timely manner, keep the premises in good order, and refrain from disruptive behavior and landlords must allow tenants access, the right to enjoy the use of the property, and maintain safe living conditions.

Landlords who attempt an illegal eviction face fines and penalties. Likewise, a landlord may not falsely imprison a tenant as Bogart residents 90 year old Frank Bundy and his two daughters, both in their 60s, did when they blocked their Athens tenant’s door, the only access into the unit, with an oversized tree stump and a log.

Regardless of the reason for the on-going dispute between the Bundy family and their 45 year old tenant, false imprisonment is a crime. Even worse, according to the Athens-Clarke County police officer as reported by onlineathens.com, doing so endangered lives during an emergency such as fire or gas leak, the officer was quoted as saying, especially since “there is no back door and some of the windows have metal bars across the lower pane.”

The dispute began back in February, when Mr. Bundy tried to unsuccessfully evict the tenant, who won $1200 in a countersuit. In early April, a tree stump was moved onto the property. A little less than a week later, Bundy attempted to board a window of the tenant’s Athens duplex, further restricting access. Six days after that, Mr. Bundy and his daughters used a car and chains to wedge the stump against the door of the unit and further bolstered it by chaining a large log to the stump, adding weight and impeding the possibility of shoving the stump aside. The police officer had to use straps attached to his vehicle to tow the blockade out of the way.

Illegal Eviction? False Imprisonment? Call on an Athens Premises Liability Attorney at Hurt, Stolz & Cromwell LLC for the Experience and Skill You Need for Settlement Recovery and Compensation

Mr. Bundy and his daughter didn’t just violate tenant rights. They created a dangerous environment. There are warrants out for the arrest of all three.

Hopefully, the Bundys will get out of the rental business and move on to more peaceful endeavors.But the tenant should discuss the case with a seasoned Athens premises liability attorney to discuss options for seeking compensatory damages for false imprisonment, violation of tenant rights, harassment, emotional distress, and pain and suffering if injuries were sustained.

Each landlord/tenant dispute is slightly different and most are settled amicably, but if a landlord oversteps the law, tenants should consult with an experienced Atlanta consumer protection lawyer at Hurt, Stolz & Cromwell LLC to explore all facets to your liability claim. Contact us today for a free, confidential, and sympathetic consultation.

Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claims Approach 100,000 a Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that wrongful death claims attributed to medical malpractice continue to rise at alarming rates. U.S.court records document that nearly 100,000 wrongful death claims stem directly from physician errors that occurred during surgery, from medication errors, due to misdiagnosis of the disease or ailment, in providing a contraindicated procedure or treatment for a person’s specific problem.

Georgia Wrongful Death Claims High for Motor Vehicle Accidents

In addition to medical malpractice wrongful death claims, there are well over 10,000 cases of wrongful death directly tied to motor vehicle accidents (MVA), occupational work hazards with fatal accidents, and incidents where a slip and fall injury ends up being a wrongful death claim when all evidence is reviewed and evaluated. Georgia ranks 4th in the Nation for wrongful death costs which includes the pay-out for benefits, medical treatment costs, and lost pay due to the fatal MVA.

How do you Prove Wrongful Death?

Georgia wrongful death is typically claimed when a person dies due to the direct legal fault of another. In filing an Atlanta wrongful death claim it may be against a physician, a tractor trailer truck driver, a loved one’s employer, a restaurant owner, a homeowner or any number of people who your loved one may have interacted with. A Georgia wrongful death claim may only be filed if the claim meets specific codes, laws and state regulations.

Every Georgia wrongful death claim is unique in the circumstances, situation and evidence available. An experienced Atlanta wrongful death attorney will thoroughly investigate every minute detail, developing the defense strategy for your claim. Evidence, supporting data, eye witness accounts, and research will be used to support your claim, and it is imperative to find proper evidence before it becomes lost, tossed out or erased.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Although the State of Georgia has specific rules and regulations regarding a wrongful death case, the state allows both family and non-family parties to file a claim. In addition to the immediate family, a significant other, a common-law spouse, financial dependents, and a distant relative may initiate a wrongful death claim.

Expert Atlanta Wrongful Death Attorney

Wrongful death claims most often conclude with financial compensation to those filing the claim. In addition to paying a monetary penalty, the accused may also be faced with other fines and penalties, even jail time. Choosing an Atlanta wrongful death law team with a history of success in obtaining maximum compensation will relieve some of your fear and anxiety about being able to provide for the future. That team is Hurt, Stolz and Cromwell in Atlanta and Athens.

If a surgeon makes an error, a drunk driver crosses over the line, or a slippery grocery store entrance suddenly and tragically ends the life of your loved one, make the call to the Atlanta or Athens office of Hurt, Stolz and Cromwell for a free confidential meeting. Your case is unique and your loved one needs the team that will fight for future financial stability of their family. Make the call to secure the future.