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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Georgia on

Q: Is there a good web site to compare lawsuits and their awarded settlements

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Sep 8, 2011

Our office utilizes databases associated with Westlaw. There are also similar databases offered by Lexis-Nexis. These are paid databases and are not open to persons just searching the internet. There are some services that offer a one time report to compare verdicts and settlements for various... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Georgia on

Q: Did clarence gilmore win a $137 million malpractice law suit in atlanta, georgia?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Sep 8, 2011

I do not know Mr. Gilmore and have not heard of him winning a medical malpractice lawsuit of $137 million. If a medical malpractice verdict was renedered in this amount in Georgia, I think it would have been reported in the Daily Legal newspaper. It is possible I just did not see the story.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on

Q: If I got a "wild animal license," could I have a savannah cat as a pet in Georgia?

I really want to own a savannah cat, but they are illegal in GA. If I got a license, could I own one as a pet?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Sep 8, 2011

If Savannah Cat's are prohibited in Georgia, it is very, very unlikely that you can obtain a license to simply have one as a pet. I would also discourage you from expending money on counsel fees trying to obtain the right to own the animal. The result will likely be just a lot of money spent and no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on

Q: Can a designated felon own a gun in georgia?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Sep 8, 2011

Generally, a person who is a convicted felon loses the right to carry a firearm unless and until his sentence is fully complete. He or she would then likely have to have their right to carry a firearm restored by the Court. Your rights are also likely to be impacted by the sentence you received and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: I have received a general civil case final disposition form (non-domestic), what actions do I take to oppose the request

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Sep 8, 2011

This form is simply a reporting requirement created by Georgia law. The disposition itself occurred when a judgment or dismissal was entered in the case. I would recommend going to the courthouse and requesting a copy of any judgments or dismissals. This will inform you about how the case was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: What type of law does a traffic violation fall under

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

Traffic laws are criminal violations. However, unless there is a significant injury, a death, damage to property or drinking involved, the person generally receives a fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Do I have to repay the heatlth insurance company with settlement received from third party - State of Georgia

I was in an auto accident that was not my fault and received a settlement check from the at fault party's insurance company. This is in the state of Georgia. Do I have to pay back the health insurance company that paid some of these medical bills? It was settled without litigation.

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

It depends on the type of health plan. If you work for a large employer, they likely have a self-funded ERISA plan. This is the type of plan in which the employer pays the medical benefits, but the plan is often administered by a health insurer such as United Healthcare or Blue Cross. Under this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Going to court for striking fixed object what do I have to look forward to

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

You will likely receive a fine and possibly required to go to driving school. It depends a great deal on your driving situation and whether there were any other aggravating circumstances involved in the collision such as drinking.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Are there ALWAYS charges when there is a death involved in a car accident?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

No. It depends on how the accident occurred. If the accident was unavoidable and no traffic laws were violated, then no charges will be made. Also, if a minor violation occurred, the police office may exercise his or her discretion not to charge the driver.

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Q: Is a motorcycle considered a recreational vehicle in the state of georgia

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

Motocycles generally do require special insurance policies in Georgia. In other words, they generally will not be placed on a standard automobile policy. In fact, many automobile policies will exclude them.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Will pleading nolo contendre to failure to use due care result in points on my driving record or loss of license?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

Depending how the court handled the charges, it could add points to your record. It is unlikely to result in the loss of your license unless you have a substanital number of points already or something else occurred during the accident.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: How do you interpret Ga code 40-6-21 referring to the yellow caution light.

I was in an accident going thru a yellow light. The other driver was turning left and continued to pull out in front of me and I could not avoid hitting him. His insurance company quoted me this Ga code saying that I was in the wrong also. I interpret it as saying that the light is going to change... Read more »

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

I suspect the insurance company simply did not want to take responsibility for the accident. You have a right to go through the intersection on yellow, but must exercise caution. Further, the other driver was also in the intersection on the yellow. Since he was turning left, he had a duty to yield... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: If i take a plea to reckless driving what will they do?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

It depends on your driving history, if anyone was injured and if the incident resulted in property damage. If you do not have a negative driving history, no one was injured and there was no property damage, you will likely receive a fine. However, if you hurt someone, damages property or were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on

Q: Are ga recyclers required to see or have a title for a vehicle being scrapped by an imdividual?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

Any company or person who is receiving a vehicle has an obligation to verify that the person selling or delivering it has the right to transfer ownership. Otherwise, the person receiving it is at risk of being prosecuted for theft of stolen property. Good businesses have procedures in place to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on

Q: Should I get a lawyer? What should I do?

I was charged with simple assault ATT to commit family violence in ga. The "victim" will testify that I did not touch him. This is the 1st time I've been arrested and the "victim" has a documented history of assault against me. Because of my profession I will have to report this to a review board... Read more »

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 26, 2011

I would strongly recommend getting a lawyer. Even though the offense seems minor and you feel you know what the victim will say, you remain at risk. Things seldom work out just like you think they will in court. Having an experienced attorney will certainly help you make sure you do not develop a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on

Q: Once a lawsuit is filed. Defendant request jury trial. How long does it take from filing to go to trial?

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Aug 11, 2011

The time to go to trial varies widely from court to court. Some judges are very effective at moving their trial calendars and others are not. After a lawsuit is filed, there is a 6 month discovery period. The court then deals with any motions for summary judgment. Presuming the case is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on

Q: Service accepted by spouse is addressed to ( me) name in the suit not any form ever used by plainitff.. me.

A Collector added input to CRA adding a name that I never used in any transaction Possibly to cause one to assume it is a valid debt? Prior to bringing their civil suit.

Before I dispute it which I intend to BECAUSE one I never used that name.. My first name is the only thing correct. I feel... Read more »

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Jul 18, 2011

I would suggest you retain counsel to assist you in sorting out the situation. Simply answering the lawsuit, denying the person is you and denying you owe the debt will not subject you to liability for the debt. However, the lawsuit would need to be properly answered and then would need to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on

Q: Does the cc company have to have a copy of a signed contract to sue

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Jul 18, 2011

I am not clear on what you are referring to as a "cc company." However, in order to file suit on a contract, you do not have to have the original. You simply need to be able to prove the terms of the contracts in accordance with Georgia's evidence code. There are other ways to prove the contract... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on

Q: Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit for the second mortgage balance remaining from a short sale what are my options

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Jul 18, 2011

Presuming they have a second mortgage, they have a right under their promissory note to file suit. I would recommend retaining counsel who can assist you with the lawsuit and in negotiating a resolution.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on

Q: Who should i contact about someone making fraudulent land deals

Mr. Robert Neal Katz answered on Jul 18, 2011

I would recommend that you contact your local police department and/or the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. You can also contact the county district attorney's office.

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