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Michael W. Horst

Michael W. Horst

Horst Shewmaker, LLC
  • Personal Injury, Insurance Claims
  • Georgia
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Biography

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. I went to college at Miami (OH) University. I then went to Wake Forest University School of Law.

I have been practicing law since 2001. For more than 14 years, my practice focused on representing companies and insurers in personal injury actions. My specialty was defending truck drivers, motor carriers, and their insurers. I enjoyed the legal work the cases’ results often left me empty and unfulfilled. In 2015, I transformed my practice. Instead of representing companies and insurers, I changed to filing lawsuits against them. I now enjoys being part of the solution instead of one of the many obstacles standing between the injured person and just compensation. It is hard work for sure going up against billion dollar insurance companies but it is made easier by the fact I used to be one of their lawyers. I know their tactics, their strategies, and their ploys.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Insurance Claims
Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Trial attorney and managing partner
Horst Shewmaker, LLC
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Trial Attorney
Van Sant Law, LLC
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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
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Associate
Hall Booth Smith & Slover, PC
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Dennis, Corry, Porter & Smith, L.L.P.
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Associate
Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
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Education
Wake Forest University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Miami University of Ohio
B.S. | Bachelor of Arts and Science
Honors: Graduated cum laude
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Georgia
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Articles & Publications
Crash Course
Smart Business
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: Tolled While Criminal Prosecution is Pending
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association Journal
Speaking Engagements
Georgia Transportation Law, Legal Conference on Changes in the Law, Denver, CO
Continental Casualty Company
Certifications
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United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
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United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
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United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
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Website
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After a car accident there are some legal and medical processes that need to play out before you get paid. We'll take you through a few different scenarios and explain how your situation might effect the timing of your settlement. How long does it take to get settlement money

After a car accident there are some legal and medical processes that need to play out before you get paid. We'll take you through a few different scenarios and explain how your situation might effect the timing of your settlement.

We discuss the impact a car accident will have on your insurance premiums - even if you are not at fault. Will insurance rates go up after an accident

We discuss the impact a car accident will have on your insurance premiums - even if you are not at fault.

Find out how long after an accident you can wait and still file a claim or sue in Georgia. Can I still sue for my car accident?

Find out how long after an accident you can wait and still file a claim or sue in Georgia.

Learn who pays your medical bills when the other driver is at fault. How to get your medical bills paid after a car accident

Learn who pays your medical bills when the other driver is at fault.

Dealing with insurance companies is rarely fun - especially after a car accident. In this video, we'll breakdown: - What to expect - What you should say - What you should avoid discussing What to say to insurance companies after a car accident

Dealing with insurance companies is rarely fun - especially after a car accident. In this video, we'll breakdown: - What to expect - What you should say - What you should avoid discussing

There are important steps you should take immediately following a car accident.  1) Call 911 and notify the operator if medical assistance is needed 2) Avoid discussing details with the other driver 3) When the police officer arrives, provide him or her with the requested documentation  4) Be truthful with the police officer but stick to the facts 5) Request medical assistance if you are hurt 6) Contact your insurance company 7) Contact an attorney What to do at the scene of an accident

There are important steps you should take immediately following a car accident. 1) Call 911 and notify the operator if medical assistance is needed 2) Avoid discussing details with the other driver 3) When the police officer arrives, provide him or her with the requested documentation 4) Be truthful with the police officer but stick to the facts 5) Request medical assistance if you are hurt 6) Contact your insurance company 7) Contact an attorney

Understand the different steps of the legal process you'll face following a car accident Legal Process Following a Car Accident

Understand the different steps of the legal process you'll face following a car accident

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70 Questions Answered
Q. How does general damages apply my case? When it says : it may be recovered for any amount with or without proof
A: Definitionally speaking, general damages are those which the law presumes to flow from any tortious (i.e., wrongful) act. There is no formula in calculating them. Ultimately, general damages (frequently referred to pain and suffering) are determined by the enlightened consciousness of fair and impartial jurors. Well, what exactly does that mean, particularly in the context of when a jury is not involved such as in a settlement negotiation? The fact of the matter is that general damages are often the mostly hotly contested aspect of any personal injury settlement. Some insurance companies will use computer programs to calculate how much they will pay for general damages. Oftentimes, those programs shortchange the injured person. The best piece of advice I can provide you is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. It is only after all of the facts of your case are reviewed and analyzed can your general damages be accurately calculated. ... Read More
Q. Can I sue my dentist? We’re not properly putting my crown on and fitting it correctly and causing affections and fungal
A: In order to pursue a dental malpractice claim, you (or your attorney) would need to establish that the treatment provided by the dentist fell below the acceptable standard of care and caused you personal injuries. In order to make out such a claim, you (or your attorney) would have to obtain an affidavit from an expert (almost certainly another dentist) identifying at least one negligent act or omission committed by your dentist. As I am not a dentist, I am unable to provide you an opinion whether your dentist committed malpractice. I strongly suggest you reach out to an attorney who specializes in dental malpractice to assist you with your claim.
Q. If magistrate court handles small claims of $15,000 or less then what court handles $20,000 or more?
A: Case of all dollar sizes may be filed in state court or superior court. Those courts have jurisdiction no matter the amount of money in dispute. It is purely up to the party filing the suit (known as the plaintiff) to decide which court is best for him/her. For magistrate court, its jurisdiction is limited to case having a value of $15,000 or less.
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