Mr. Robert Neal Katz
Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming, LLC
Directory Practice Areas
- Insurance Claims
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Personal Injury
- Products Liability
- Workers' Compensation
Additional Practice Areas
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Contingent Fees
- Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Robert N. Katz, Esq.|
|President, DeKalb Bar Association|
|I am the former President of the DeKalb Bar Association. Prior to becoming President, I also served as Vice-President, Secretary, Treasure and on the Board of the Bar Association.|
|University of Georgia||Juris Doctor||During law school, I was the first law student to make an address to the annual meeting of the institute of judicial legal education.|
|Honors: Cum Laude|
|University of Georgia||B.B.A.||Major focus was on business administration.|
|Legal Elite, Georgia Trend|
|Member, Georgia State Bar|
- Overall: 38th
- Overall: 54 Answers
Q. Is there a good web site to compare lawsuits and their awarded settlements
A: 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 injuries. However, such comparisons have only a limited value. The facts of each case is the most important determining factor in the value of a case due to the liability issues in every medical malpractice case.
Q. Did clarence gilmore win a $137 million malpractice law suit in atlanta, georgia?
A: 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.
Q. If I got a "wild animal license," could I have a savannah cat as a pet in Georgia?
A: 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 right to get the animal. Also, if you own the animal, your insurance coverage may not cover any injuries or damages caused by the animal. Accordingly, if the animal did harm someone or property, you would likely be in a position of having to pay the damages or declaring bankruptcy.
Q. Can a designated felon own a gun in georgia?
A: 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 any restrictions which it provided.
Q. I have received a general civil case final disposition form (non-domestic), what actions do I take to oppose the request
A: 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 closed. If you then believe it was closed incorrectly, you can file a motion with the court to re-open the case. Whether that motion is granted will depend upon the basis of the judgment or dismissal and whether you received proper notice of actions which resulted in the judgment or dismissal.
Q. What type of law does a traffic violation fall under
A: 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.
Q. Do I have to repay the heatlth insurance company with settlement received from third party - State of Georgia
A: 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 type of plan, they have a strong legal right to seek reimbursement as the law stands right now. However, if you have a health insurance policy issued by a health insurance company which is not self-funded, then you have to be fully compensated for your economic losses and your pain and suffering before they can get reimbursement. Since settlements are generally a compromise, seldom is there an obligation to reimburse the health insuranc company under these types of policies. You need to review the health plan to determine how it is funded and the type of plan. These answers can also vary based upon the language of the plan itself.
Q. Going to court for striking fixed object what do I have to look forward to
A: 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.
Q. Are there ALWAYS charges when there is a death involved in a car accident?
A: 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.