Frequently Asked Questions
Atlanta Auto Accident, Medical Malpractice, and Wrongful Death Lawyers
The attorneys at Zevin & Rosenbloum have helped thousands of accident
victims obtain compensation and have successfully pursued a wide variety
of cases. From trucking accident to head and spinal cord injury lawsuits,
our lawyers have more than four decades of combined legal experience in
Atlanta. We also take auto accident, medical malpractice, and wrongful
death cases, and our lawyers offer free consultations to prospective clients.
During these consultations, victims usually have many questions about
their cases. In an effort to better serve our clients, we have compiled
a list of the answers to the most common questions we have received in
our more than 40 combined years of practice.
How do I know if I have a case?
Without an attorney, you cannot know for certain. If you have been injured
and believe someone else may be at fault, contact Zevin & Rosenbloum
immediately to discuss the facts of your case. Statutes of limitation
vary from state-to-state and from case-to-case. After the statute of limitations
has run, you cannot file a lawsuit, no matter how serious your injury.
Since it costs nothing to find out if your case has merit, it is certainly
worth a phone call to Zevin & Rosenbloum. It is better to find out
now than to wait until it is too late. Our practice in Atlanta has handled
medical malpractice, auto accident, wrongful death, and other complex
cases, and our lawyers can help you to determine the strength of your
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
At Zevin & Rosenbloum, we work on a contingency fee basis. You only
pay attorney’s fees if your case is successful. If there is no recovery,
you are not responsible for any attorney’s fees.
How much and what kind of compensation will I receive?
It is impossible to know how much a case is worth at the outset. However,
in successful personal injury, car accident, medical malpractice, and
wrongful death cases, victims are entitled to payment for their medical
bills, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What are the chances my case will end in settlement?
At Zevin & Rosenbloum, we prepare to go to trial with every case we
handle. While a negotiated settlement is often preferable, we know that
it is only by building a solid case that has every chance of victory that
we can negotiate from a position of strength. A vast majority of our cases
end in a negotiated settlement, but only after we have done everything
possible to build a powerful case for our clients.
What do I have to do after I file a personal injury lawsuit?
After your initial consultation, our lawyers will notify the defendant
and his or her lawyer, and begin the legal process. They will file the
necessary paperwork and make sure all the qualifications are met to make
your lawsuit legal. Depending on the type of case – medical malpractice,
wrongful death, auto accident, or other – our lawyers may have to
do different kinds of research. However, the client’s role in this
is very minimal. It only rarely involves a court appearance or testimony,
as most cases are settled before they go to trial.
What’s the difference between class action lawsuits, civil suits,
and criminal suits?
A class action lawsuit is one filed by many people who have all been injured
in a similar manner by the same party, usually a company. Class action
lawsuits are often filed on behalf of people injured by defective products,
such as faulty auto components. Each person who participates in the class
action suit may not receive the full compensation to which they are entitled,
but they can force companies to make safer products.
A civil suit is a lawsuit filed against another party in order to secure
financial compensation. Personal injury lawsuits, including trucking accidents,
wrongful death, medical malpractice, and auto accident cases, are one
type of civil suit, though there are many others.
A criminal case is one filed by the government against a party with the
express aim of punishing the defendant for a crime committed. The punishment
can be in the form of jail time, fines, community service, or other forms.
What if I am partly at fault for the incident?
In Georgia, even if the victim is partly at fault, he or she is still entitled
to at least some compensation. However, it often takes an experienced
lawyer to determine the division of fault for an accident.
Contact Zevin & Rosenbloum
For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please
contact our Atlanta practice. From wrongful death to medical malpractice to auto accident cases, our
lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced in many areas of law.