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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I only have a couple of weeks before the statue of limitations on auto accident can I still get an attorney
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Oct 3, 2022

Yes, you can, if the attorney is interested in your case. Start calling today. There is no time to waste.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: CA-Drunkdriver totaled my parked truck damaged 2 others. His insurance only covers 5k could I sue him for remainder?
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Oct 2, 2022

You could. Good luck collecting. You are better off making a claim to your own insurer. Your rates should not go up for a no fault collision.

2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it legally "forced penetration" if the victim still has their undergarments on? Referring to Penal Code 289(A)(1)
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Oct 2, 2022

If there was penetration, no matter how slight, then yes.

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3 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: California Seatbelt defense falsely being claimed by defense counsel

Filed in pro per civil unlimited against negligent driver that rear ended me and was cited for speeding at scene of accident. Went to hospital and have been treating for spinal injury. Defense counsel for Kemper responded to suit by claiming plaintiff, (myself) not wearing seatbelt. However, I was,... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Oct 2, 2022

Defendants get to assert defenses. They have to prove them by a preponderance of the evidence. You are entitled to dispute the defenses. That happens at trial by testimony or other evidence. Since there has been no trial, you have no right to prevent the Defendants from claiming this defense.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I am having issues finding a lawyer I was severely burned and there is insurance to cover the claim. It was at a hair

Salon and involved scalding water chemicals blisters hair loss severe pain and loss of job/income. I am recovering still one year later

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 22, 2022

The response is the same as it was yesterday. You have a case. You have to call attorneys to discuss it with them. Nobody can do anything on Justia to solve this, except encourage you take the next step.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can my fiance and I be denied rental of a home because we did not disclose that we have an ESA?

We live in California and applied for a rental home in California. The application never asked if we have a service/emotional support animal. It only asked if we have any pets. We both answered no because our dog is an emotional support animal and have an ESA document from my fiancee's... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 22, 2022

You cannot be denied rental because of an ESA. However, you never informed the landlord that you had an ESA. As a result, the denial of rental is not because of an ESA.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I was severely burned at a hair salons by scalding hot water my head blistered my hair fell out lost job. Insurance26 mi

They have insurance this wreck my life for the past year Help please

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Sounds like a good case. You have to reach out to the attorney first. Attorneys cannot solicit your business. It's against State Bar Rules and if any attorney does that, run in the other direction.

Attorneys will give you a free consultation to discuss your case. You probably...
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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: What to do when you have just found out you have only 4 months to file a big and maybe federal wrongful death suit?

My husband died, Navy, training accident. 2004. Found out about 10 years later, it was a lot worse than I was told. I wasn’t sure where to go to get help and I want sure of the statutes etc. I ended up finding out that our daughter can still file. Because she was so little when it happened, she... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Find an attorney familiar with the Federal Tort Claims Act. Every case is different. How much someone else may gotten has no relevance to your daughter's claim.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense for California on
Q: Gf is being sued. Can we lose our home if she loses? Home is under both our names.

Gf was in an accident(at fault) with 2 other vehicles. (25k/50k policy) First vehicle took the settlment. Second vehicle owner is suing for 250k. She makes about 35k a year and no savings. Can we lose our home that is under both our names. 250k mortgage, valued at 390k? Is it protected under... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Her insurer should not have paid out the policy unless all claimants were included in settlement. Consult with a knowledgeable insurance attorney to discuss the current situation and whether the insurer has acted in breach of its obligations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: How is Kemper Ins liable for not covering default judgment of their insured? Insured failed to reply S&C after 26 days..

Def. In civil unlimited failed to respond to S&C after sheriff served. Def. Was insured by Kemper at time of PI auto collision. Def was cited for speeding in rearend accident. Kemper has stoned wall since onset of claim 2 years ago. Property damage and now PI . Filed suit prior to statute limit... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Your prior question indicated that suit was against Kemper. If you brought suit against Kemper's insured, and gave notice to Kemper, that is another question. Kemper may have a defense to any indemnity obligation based upon coverage issues (failure to pay premiums, misrepresentations at the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Filing for "Court" default judgment on Civil Unlimited failure to respond to S&C after POS by Sheriff some 26 days ago

Filed Civ Unlimited in Pro Per against Kemper Insured Def. Adjustors stone wall forcing me to file, filed to preserve statutes of limitations. Kemper most likely dropped insured from renewing coverage since accident. Insured cited for speeding causing rear collision. Def. served by Sheriff, has... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 16, 2022

If Kemper is the insurer for the other driver, you have no right to sue them and you won't be able to get a Default Judgment. Even if Kemper was an appropriate defendant, you have to wait 30 days to file a Request for Entry of Default. Your lawsuit, if any, is against the driver of the other... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: If I was with someone for 13 yrs and he passed away we had animals together do. I HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO THEM.

We had nothing in writing just his verbal wishes

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 14, 2022

If you jointly owned the animals, then you either still jointly own the animals with his Estate; or you continue to own your interest, and his interest passed to you upon his death.

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Employment Law for California on
Q: I was exposed to formaldehyde in the office. Can a personal injury claim be filed alongside workers' comp claim?

I suffered a severe reaction, from coughing & choking to blackouts & memory loss. We learned of the toxic chemical after the workers’ comp doctor ordered the employer to have an air sampling test completed. In the weeks leading up to the severe reaction, I was feeling awful; fatigued,... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 14, 2022

It depends on the source of the formaldehyde. If the source was your employer, then your recovery is limited to workers compensation. If the source of the formaldehyde was another company or person, you may have a personal injury claim to pursue against them. Consult with a personal injury... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: A auto accident created a dental issue the dentists acted outside the standard of care , is this one legal matter or two
William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Could be both. The person who caused the auto collision is responsible for any negligent medical care that follows. If that person's auto insurance is insufficient to satisfy all of the damages, a dental malpractice case might be pursued. However, dental malpractice cases are difficult and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: i need a lawyer to represent me against a dog bite claim in riverside county california. What kind of atty would be bes

Hired a dog trainer to work with aggressive dog - the dog bit her and now she is suing - and in her suit she does NOT disclose that she is a trainer

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Sep 6, 2022

If you have homeowners insurance, notify it of the claim. If you do not carry insurance, you will have to pay for an attorney out of pocket. An attorney who specializes in civil defense can handle your case. You might also consider bankruptcy if you don't have insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: "not responsible sign" I know you have to prove negligence against the sign owner to shoot this sign down, is there case

looking for case law to take to court to prove negligence

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 30, 2022

The presence of the sign doesn't prove or disprove negligence, which is the failure to use ordinary care to prevent injury to foreseeable victims. The sign would only affect whether the owner is relieved of liability by some theory of contract or waiver. I am unaware of any case law on this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Is Doordash responsible for repeatedly serving alcohol to an intoxicated person on a daily basis?

Door dash delivered alcohol on a daily basis for years to a severe alcoholic.

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 27, 2022

No. ". . .furnishing of alcoholic beverages is not the proximate cause of injuries resulting from intoxication, but rather the consumption of alcoholic beverages is the proximate cause of injuries inflicted upon another by an intoxicated person."

Civil Code section 1714...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Libel & Slander for California on
Q: Hello, last night when I was walking my dog in my apartment complex, two teenage boys SPRINTED past me even though I

was there with my dog. They boxed me in and last night animal control reached out to me because apparently they are claiming my dog bit them even though apparently there is only a minor injury and no penetration of skin. They told me she will probably be quarantined and I want to know what I can do... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 27, 2022

You and your dog are not victims. You are 100% responsible for your dog's behavior, whether it bit someone, or clawed someone, and regardless of whether the boys walked or SPRINTED past you. Boys walk, run, sprint and are boisterous in public and are entitled to act like teenagers without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: Serving a witness interrogatories and following with a deposition if they refuse signing an affidavit? Is this the way?

Motorcycle accident. Police wrote the witness statement wrong. There’s evidence on the report in terms of location.

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 22, 2022

Non-parties don't have to answer interrogatories. The witness can sign a statement under penalty of perjury, if willing, or you can serve a deposition subpoena, hire a court reporter, give notice to the opposing party, and take the deposition of the witness. I would not recommend that you do... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: We were in an accident where the other driver was racing at 90+mph and hit us on driver front. Who's at fault?

The road was clear to go across to the 3rd lane. We have at least 3 witnesses that all said the car that hit us was racing another car and hit us going at least 90mph. Is there any way we could be considered at fault?

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Aug 22, 2022

Yes, he could be at fault. That would not necessarily make you without fault. Fault is apportioned by the jury from 0-100% for everyone involved in the collision. Facts matter, and you haven't provided enough. Get a copy of the police report and have an attorney review it and discuss the... Read more »

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