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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I won a settlement but the company is not paying. What can I do ?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Nov 19, 2022

Once a case settles, both sides are contractually obligated to fulfill their respective ends of the deal. In most instances, that means the injured party will sign a release while the other party will pay a sum of money. In the event either party fails to uphold its end of the bargain, the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: What would be the best way to proceed with getting relief outside of court on a personal injury from a dog bite due to

negligence of owner Ordering a food delivery( I’m told this would be inviting me on their property) and not securing their dog.Also If I fill out the company’s workers claim form ( which I believe primarily covers medical bills)for the incident does this limit my relief from the owner?... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Nov 8, 2022

It is always preferable to settle a case short of filing a lawsuit. Lawsuits are expensive, time consuming, and stressful. In dog bite cases, a good first step is to learn the identity of the homeowner's insurer. If the homeowner will provide that information, you can then file a claim with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: is there a time limit in Georgia for serving interrogatories?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Sep 28, 2022

The Uniform Superior Court Rules, which apply in both Georgia state and superior courts, provides the answer. Specifically, Rule 5.1 provides that in order for a party to utilize the court's compulsory process to compel discovery, any desired discovery procedures, like interrogatories, must... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: How can I make my apt complex pay for my shattered windshield? Their employee dropped a bag of trash on it.

Employee dropped a bag of bath tiles onto my car. Apt complex filed a claim w their insurance company, who have agreed to pay, yet can't tell me when they will pay. ??? What can I do?

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Aug 20, 2022

It sounds like your issue is more with your apartment complex's insurance company than the apartment complex itself. Here are your options:

1) You could file a law suit against the apartment complex and the employee who caused the damage. That would certainly move your claim along...
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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: I was in a slip and fall at work and have been seen by a doctor on the company’s behalf but I still been having pain.

Do I have a case strong enough to go forward with a lawsuit?

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jul 29, 2022

If you were injured while within the scope of your employment, you do not have the option of filing a lawsuit against your employer. Instead, you would need to pursue a workers' compensation claim.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Can I sue my apartment complex if my neighbor who is also the maintenance man dog jumped his patio fence and bit me

The apartment complex is pet friendly the patio gate is about 3 and a half feet to 4 foot high

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jul 28, 2022

The short answer is yes. It does not matter that the apartment complex is pet friendly or that it was the maintenance man's dog who bit you. What matters is that you are able to show the owner of the dog knew (or should have known) about the dog’s dangerous propensities. This is done... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: Should an AT FAULT Insurance company request my social security-# to pay bodily injury claim?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Yes. It is typical for an at-fault insurance company to request a claimant's social security number. The reason being is the insurer has an obligation, under federal law, to determine whether the injured claimant was enrolled in Medicare. If so, and if Medicare paid any of the medical bills... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: does a dismissal without prejudice require an order to be signed by a judge?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jan 21, 2022

No. An action may be dismissed by the plaintiff, without order or permission of the court, by filing a written notice of dismissal at any time before the first witness is sworn in at a trial.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for Georgia on
Q: If my car get hit from behind and a passenger of my car dies can I be charged with anything

My car broke down in the road and my passengers and I got hit and 1 died

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jan 12, 2022

The short answer is maybe. If the car breaking down was sudden and unexpected to the extent it was impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving your disabled vehicle in the roadway, then I do not see any charges being filed. However, if you had reason to know the car was not roadworthy... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Insurance Defense for Georgia on
Q: What is the Georgia state law or Fulton county law that states or implies that a driver is at fault for a lane merge.

I was in a accident where the lanes merged from 2 lanes into 1 lane (the right lane merged into the left lane). I was in the left lane, but the driver in the right lane sideswiped me trying to cut me off. The driver that hit me was cited with a warning, I of course received no ticket. My insurance... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Dec 24, 2021

Based on the fact pattern you presented, I believe O.C.G.A. 40-6-42 is applicable to your situation. I suggest you Google it and see if that does not help you in your fight with the insurance company.

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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: 2010 Georgia Code TITLE 33 - INSURANCE CHAPTER 4 - ACTIONS AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANIES § 33-4-7 -

Section d.. I need more clarity about the unnamed party..

It’s almost 60 days no response and liability was already accepted 100%.

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Dec 5, 2021

Section (d) discussing the "unnamed party" pertains to the insurance company for the person who caused the damages to your property.

In other words, since the insurance company failed to make a good faith effort to settle with you, your next step is to file a law suit against...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: When filing a civil suit and I have multiple claims how do I proceed?

my claims are as follows: intentional negligence, extortion and conversion and racketeering, intentional infliction of emotional distress, securities and investment fraud

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Nov 17, 2021

When filing a complaint with multiple claims, it is best to set out each claim separately. In other words, it should look like "Count I - Negligence," "Count II - Extortion," "Count III - Conversion," and so on. Under each count heading, set forth the law for that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Health Care Law for Georgia on
Q: Does HIPAA apply to veterinary medicine in the state of Georgia?

A friend of a client asked about the client's dog's health condition. A receptionist gave the friend information regarding the dog's health, however the only information given was the diagnosis of the dog's health condition. The client was unhappy that her dog's diagnosis... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Oct 12, 2021

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) that governs privacy when it comes to human medical care does not apply to veterinary patients. However, Georgia has a statute on point, O.C.G.A. 24-12-31(a) which provides [n]o veterinarian licensed under Chapter 50 of Title 43 shall... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: My daughter was attacked by dogs. The owner received citations. What is he liable for concerning my daughter’s injuries?

My daughter received several lacerations, puncture wounds, an ankle sprain, had to have stitches, is currently having to receive a series of rabies vaccinations, lost her glasses, and her phone was broken. The dogs had gotten loose from the fenced in area of property the owner inhabits. My daughter... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Aug 15, 2021

I suggest pursuing a claim against the dogs' owner. Hopefully the dogs' owner owns his/her home. If so, that will mean the dogs' owner likely has a home owner's insurance policy which will be available to compensate your daughter for her injuries.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: Do Recklessness falls into intentional tort? If the driver was driving while being high but was careless?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jun 22, 2021

The short answer is no. Intentional torts require the wrongdoer (known as the tortfeasor) to do something on purpose. A person who is driving high does not intentionally try to get in a car crash. Accordingly, while driving under the influence is certainly reckless behavior, it is not an... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: If I was injured at Macy’s and my claim includes a loss of consortium, how long do I have to file suit?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on May 19, 2021

A loss of consortium claim must be brought within four (4) years after the right of action accrues. O.C.G.A 9-3-33.

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5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Georgia on
Q: My daughter was in an accident, 3 weeks ago, her lawyer is stating that medical costs being left open is not a thing.

My Daughter was in an accident in GA. She is currently dealing with 2 fractured discs in her back, a fractured elbow and blurry vision. Her lawyer is stating that there is a $130k pool for the 3 occupants and that medical being left open for future issues related to this " Is not a thing"... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on May 13, 2021

Your lawyer is correct. Following an accident, the insurance company will make one payment to settle your daughter's case. Out of that one payment by the insurance company, all expenses will need to be paid including attorney's fees, cases expenses, outstanding liens, medical bills, etc.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: Can individual assets of a spouse be attached for the other spouse’s liability?

We have lived separately in the state of Georgia for 3 years but are still married. He frequently drinks and drives. The car and insurance is in his name only. I have insurance with another company. My assets are in my name only or are in the name of my revocable living trust. Would my assets... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on May 3, 2021

The short answer is no. If all of your assets are in your name and all of his assets are in his name, I cannot think of any scenario wherein you would have exposure for his misdeeds.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: If driver caused bodily harm without insurance, then tries to fight citation with new insurance does driver get a pass?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Feb 20, 2021

It is often the case that should an uninsured driver appear in Court and show proof that subsequent to the accident he obtained insurance, the solicitor will drop the no insurance charge. Of course, it is purely within the discretion of the solicitor if he wishes to drop the charges. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: Just how successful are attornies as far as prosecuting malpractice cases against veterinarian surgeons?

My dog had cataract surgery whereas the surgeon really screwed up his eyes and made him worse than before the surgery. My dog never recovered from the procedure and untimely passed away shortly after. I had made several complaints against the surgeon to the clinic and the surgeon herself after... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jan 10, 2021

I have been practicing law for approximately 20 years and I am not aware of any attorneys who regularly handle veterinarian malpractice cases. In fact, I cannot think of a single example.

In your case, I suppose you could sue the veterinarian for malpractice but you would have to show...
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