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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: i have paid to my union 50 thousands dollars for health and welfare got into accident n owe 40 k was coverd

Crashed a company vehicle and at the time I had worked over the years. Nearly 8 thousand hours. Nearly 50k has been payed for my health and welfare. From 2015-2018. These years I wasn't even covered. I have evidence of all this with documents. It's crazy to me that my credit has been... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Unclear what you are asking about. If you were in a company vehicle, the company's auto insurance should have applied, including Medical Payments and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage (if the collision was the fault of another party). If you are asking about medical coverage, it would... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I’ve recently discovered I’m eligible for personal injury compensation. Suspect admitted fault in 3 days. NEED HELP

Suspect admitted 100% fault right away. I was in a rental that I was liable for. Lawyer that represented me at time settled me out for 2,000…. I feel like there’s room for compensation. Please contact me asap as I need help pursuing this

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 30, 2023

If you have settled, and signed a settlement agreement, then your case is over.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Lawsuit in discovery mode… when am I getting a settlement offer?… finished treatment Dec.8th now. IT’s January 28th…

Incident happened August 24th (nied)… treated for 3 months… last session was dec.7th…. Called attorney says claim is in discovery mode….. how long left til claim is done? When should I expect a settlement offer?

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 28, 2023

This question should be presented to your attorney. He is being paid for this. In general, settlement can take a few weeks to a few years. Where your case fits along that spectrum depends on facts, which we don't have.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Is a law firm that represents you obligated to show you how your funds from your settlement were dispersed?

My lawsuit settled in August 2021 the law firm that represented me only give me half of my settlement and said that Medicare was owed the other half. But never showed me proof of this and I've been asking since for some sort of proof that Medicare stepped in and took half the funds. Is there... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 25, 2023

The attorney is supposed to account for all funds and report to you.

California Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15 (calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/documents/rules/Rule_1.15.pdf):

"(d) A lawyer shall:

(1) absent good cause, notify a client or other person* no later than 14...
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3 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: How long once my demand for civil monetary settlement is agreed to by the defendent and accepted do I have to confirm it

Once I agree to the confirmation of the demand, how long do I have to confirm that I will accept it and recieve payment?

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 24, 2023

If you made a demand, and the defendant agreed to it, you don't get to decide whether you will live up to your demand. Unless your offer expired, or the defendant tried to impose new and different conditions, the contract has been made.

After you made the offer, and the defendant...
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5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: When I was hit by u/m I was sitting in my car parked not driving I went to hospital went to chiro Had whiplash

MRI for my headache's and neck pain have bulging disk no surgeries no more medical visits I've been told were waiting on medical lien that it would be 30-60 days but it's been over 6 months it's been a struggle since day 1 and still is should I call my insurance co IDK what to... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 23, 2023

You must have your own UM coverage. If so, you need to request UM arbitration against your own insurer. Settlements are not automatic just because the lien amount came in. You need to litigate your case to make your insurer pay.

Sounds like you have an attorney. If so, direct all...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was hit by an uninsured motorist who was at fault yr1/2 ago, I had liability with u/m still waiting on settlement why

I wasn't driving I was sitting in my car and was slammed from behind still waiting for my settlement my lawyer isn't keeping in contact to make it worse what should I do

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 23, 2023

You can wait, or you can try to get a new attorney. No one can tell you whether your case should be settled by now. We don't know your injuries, medical treatment, medical expenses, whether your treatment is complete or ongoing, how many expert witnesses you require to testify at your UIM... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Six months ago, a 19 year old girl crossed oncoming traffic & drove into my parallel parked car…

And drove into the car behind me, & the car behind that. She wasn’t injured, nobody was, even though her car ended up on its side. I only have liability insurance. Her insurance put me off for six months, then decided not to pay me out for my totaled car, & the money I’m out on towing,... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 22, 2023

You can sue in Small Claims court. Her insurance will pay up to its property damage policy limits, if she is liable. Small Claims allows judgments of up to $10k.

However, if the collision was not the result of her voluntary conduct/movements, she is not liable. A potential exception is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: does my attorney have to tell me the amount im getting for a car accident before i sign to receive my check ,

she will not tell me the amount i will get back and i dont want to sign untill i know

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 21, 2023

Your attorney probably cannot tell you how much you will receive before you sign. Medi-Cal won't even provide a reimbursement number until the settlement is signed. Medicare can take months to negotiate. Health insurers won't agree to a reduction of their reimbursement requests until... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Defendant found math/fact errors in the Stipulation after Judge signed it.

The plaintiff made the stipulation to settle down something and the defendant signed on it. The defendant had the Judge signed on it 2 weeks later as well. Unfortunately, the defendant realized there were errors in the stipulation at the moment the Judge signed it.. The defendant didn't find... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 20, 2023

The judge can correct errors in a judgment.

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7 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: How can I get this driver's insurance company name? Struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk, driver has insurance per police

Partner and I were both struck by a vehicle, driver refused to give us information until the cops got there, the police arrived while we were both being driven away in the ambulance witnesses state he did have insurance, cops took down all information except for who his insurance company is. We... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 18, 2023

There are companies who will identify possible insurers, for a fee. You can also write to the defendant and ask for that information. You would be better off, and have more chance of learning this information, if you hired an attorney. You will get very little respect as a self-represented claimant.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Had an accident sep/2021,3 cars involved It was concluded I wasnt at fault, had no insurance, still waiting to get paid

It’s been well over a year and still have gotten paid I signed the release form but the insurance company of the person at fault is claiming they can’t pay until everyone signs it, to be brief, one person hasn’t signed so until then no one gets paid

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You will have to wait. You signed the Agreement and, under those circumstances, the insurer is correct.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for California on
Q: Insurance claim guilty is boyfrienf,does he have to sign for conservatorship kill there mother.he refuses to sign can

they find another way to have the children receive there money in an acct. Till 18,father not married to mother,beneficiary are 2 children, killed the kids mother. Her mother and father are beneficarys as well Can that refusal hold up the grandparents money ? What could ,adjuster due to get claim... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 16, 2023

The children need a Guardian ad Litem, who is a person with authority from the court to act on behalf of the children. This is ordinarily an adult family member.

The Guardian ad Litem needs to retain an attorney to assist in completing the settlement. The money for the children must be...
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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was at Modesto's municipal golf course an 80-ft tree fell a large Branch hit me and hurt my back are they liable

The golf course has been closed for 2 years but it's still open to the public

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 16, 2023

The owner and/or maintenance company might be liable. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss as this gets complicated, especially if any public entities are involved. Consultations are free.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I talk to the defendant directly and agree on a settlement to get payment? And how?

I have a car accident case, unlimited claim. I didn’t accept the settlement payment that the defendant offered. I planned to do a trial, but my attorney gave up my case now, so I changed my mind and want to accept the settlement by myself. So can I talk to the defendant directly and agree on a... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You can do that, but the defendant's motivation to settle, now that you do not have an attorney, will be substantially less. Do not be surprised if the offer is no longer there. Also, your former attorney might be a payee on the check along with you since he may have a claim to some portion... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: How do I make a chopshop pay for stealing and chopping up my car

I have knowledge of the owner and all the workers involved.im tired of these losers I want my car back n they must pay

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 4, 2023

Call the police. Sounds like you've been the victim of a crime.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: This guy I went on a couple of dates with hacked my phone and is sending me photos and screenshots of my conversations

Apparently he downloaded a Pegasus spyware software onto my phone. And now has access to ALL of my data and information. This is such a breach of privacy. I barely know this creep! What can I do?

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 3, 2023

Call the police. Hacking is a crime.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I had an work injury on 2020 And for negligence i don't know my accident not have a cure .

Negligence of attorney or insurance to let pass a lot time my accident don't have cure ..

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 2, 2023

You may qualify for the Covid extension to the statute of limitations which granted an extension from from April 6, 2020, until October 1, 2020. Speak to an personal injury attorney whether the extension applies or whether you might have a claim for malpractice based on your attorney allowing the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: How can I receive the max for lost wages due to a car accident that was not my fault?
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Dec 29, 2022

1. Get an off work note from your doctor for the entire period of the wage loss.

2. Submit proof of your wage history in the form of W-2 forms and/or pay stubs.

3. Do the calculations of the number of days you lost work x the daily wage for your work.

OR

Get an...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Is it possible to get an advance of around 5,000$ while waiting for the case to settle? Pedestrian vs car has

Obviously in the circumstance that it's VERY straight forward such as car vs pedestrian trip to the ER and the definately had insurance

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Dec 24, 2022

Your attorney is not a bank. However, an attorney can loan money to a client based upon a promise of repayment, pursuant to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8.5(b)(2). This creates a conflict of interest between you and the attorney which must be the subject of a written agreement per Rule 1.7, and... Read more »

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