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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My parents and dog were attacked by a pit bull yesterday on our street.

My dog and dad both got bit. My dog was bit in the rib cage and my dad was bit in the arm.

My dad was able to fight off the pitbull without any more harm being done to anyone. The pitbull came from a house on our street. We called animal control who came out today and took a police report... Read more »

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

First, he should go the doctor. them, call an attorney. There's no reason to wait for a police report. If your Dad wants a lawyer, he should consult with one.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Slip and fall premises liability.

I slipped on a wet floor at my local convenience / gas station. Insurance company does not want to accept liability stating there was a wet floor sign posted nearby. The sign which I didn't even see was low on the ground near the front of the entrance I fell right in front of the register and... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 5, 2022

The insurance company is treating you like you don't have a lawyer. Surprise. If you want to be taken seriously, hire an attorney. It sounds like you might have a good case, but you need help. A wet floor sign that is permanently displayed is not a warning. However, that doesn't seem... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My car was totaled in an accident and the other driver was deemed at fault and arrested for DUI.

Two months post-accident, I have filed a small claims case against the driver and the insurance company. In the past 24hrs, the insurance company has contacted me and said they will not offer assistance until I drop the small claims court case. Should I drop the court case and utilize their... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 28, 2021

Whether you should drop the Small Claims case has more to do with what you are trying to recover in Small Claims, what your evidence is, whether you are leaving out important damages that you could recover, than with whatever the other party's insurer is telling you. If you get a judgment... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: My dog got out of my backyard by jumping my 6ft fence and went to a dairy down the street and then was shot

My dog then with her leg dangling from her body and her chest split open came home! I rushed her to have her put down! The guy who shot her never contacted me and still hasn’t contacted me! But said he did! What can I do? I am so sad my poor dog went through this!

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 5, 2021

If you get another similarly athletic dog, get a taller fence. Once your dog jumps your fence and is unsupervised, it is a menace to pedestrians, neighbors, children and other dogs who are lawfully on their own property, or using the sidewalks. You can and will be sued for any harm it causes, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Brakes on my sons stroller do not work. Need to see if I have a case or not.

My two month old fell out of his stroller because the brakes on the stroller do not work. It is a brand new stroller. He received several cuts and bruises to his face with swelling on his head. He was rushed to the ER. We were lucky because it rolled into the street due to the fact that the brake... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 4, 2021

If his injuries are serious, then yes, he has a case. If it is only cuts and bruises, then no. Regardless, you can make a complaint to the manufacturer, and to the Consumer Protection Agency. That won't get you any money (the manufacturer might offer to pay ER expenses), but it might lead... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Question about parents liability for their minor child in an auto accident...see below

(In California) I was injured when a 16 year old driver hit me on my motorcycle. Police report & she was clearly at fault. As a minor, she is on her parents insurance policy that only has a 50K limit for my medical. My medical exceeds that limit by twice that. CA vehicle code 17707 says her... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 2, 2021

Yes, you can. What makes you think that they can pay? Or that they won't file for bankruptcy if you pursue their personal funds? No one wants to chase a judgment for 10 years for some monthly payments. If you carried Underinsured Motorist insurance in excess of $50k, you can recover from... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Wife’s Attorneys refusing to end lawsuit

Father in law had an accident at a hotel and became paralyzed. He started a lawsuit because his attorneys assured him it would be an easy win. He passed away and my wife took over the lawsuit. Long story short they misjudged the case and it has been extremely difficult and time consuming. My wife... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 1, 2021

Offer to compensate the attorneys for their expenses. It's hardly fair to expect them to advance money on a case, expecting to be paid back at the end, and then after they have spent the money, tell them to walk away from it.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My son got into an accident and the report states that there were no signs placed to warn drivers of a working crew dust

Can the crew dust company get sued for not putting up warning signs?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 1, 2021

Yes, he can. He will need to show that the failure to place signs was a cause of the collision and a cause of his injuries. Speak with a personal injury attorney to get a more detailed analysis of his potential claims.

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: What are my options?

I was injured when I was rear-ended but the at fault driver does not have insurance.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 25, 2021

For bodily injury, make a claim with your own uninsured motorist coverage. For property damage, make a claim with your collision coverage. If you don't have those you are probably out of luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: How do you sue a medical clinic for not letting my service dog into the MRI room?

The doctor first told me that I could leave the dog in another waiting area, I told her that he has to be with me. She said she was worried about the MRI and I told her that the dog needs to be in the room at least so we can look at each other. She said the MRI is to loud and that I would have to... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 19, 2021

Your question indicates that you are in IL. The question was posted to the CA forum and should be re-directed to IL attorneys. Assuming that your dog is a true "service animal" and not an emotional support animal, you may have a claim, depending on circumstances.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Health Care Law for California on
Q: CVS mixed two different pills in my bottle. They want me to bring the bottle in. what to do?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 5, 2021

Bring it in. Unless you have been injured by taking incorrect medications dispensed by the pharmacy, you don't have a case. If you have been injured, consult with a PI attorney before you do anything.

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2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I was in custody and had sexual relations with a staff at the jail and she was terminated and I was harassed

The other party was fired for having relations with me and I was harassed by officers while I was in custody along the lines of sexual harassment and misconduct

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 30, 2021

You may have claims against the staff and the jail. Contact a knowledgeable attorney to discuss.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Can I deduct my litigatiocosts from the settlement I receive even if the costs where incurred under a different attorney

I had two attorneys on a contingency fee. I paid all litigation costs out of my pocket as they arose. No attorney has a claim against me. The case took place in CA.

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My first attorney had to quit due to his health issues. My second attorney tells me that the costs I incurred under... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 29, 2021

Your post was directed to California forum, although the post indicates that you are in Florida. You may wish to consult Florida attorneys. In general, your retainer agreement with the new attorney governs. If the attorneys fees is to be calculated on the gross recovery, then your costs... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Hh

I ordered from a brand called Kiarasky & they sent me someone else’s order But the package was addressed to me with my name & address, but it contains someone else’s order. Even if the company sends me a return label , but according to the FTC I can keep them because it’s “unsolicited goods” right ?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 29, 2021

No. You did not receive "unsolicited goods." You solicited goods and got the wrong order. Keeping it is theft.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Why would my accident attorney request my insurance provider information if the accident was caused by the other driver?

I was rear ended which resulted in me getting two (2) epidural injections

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 8, 2021

Ask him. He is being paid to answer your questions.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Got into a car accident, need advice.

Car was out of gas at night with no lights or Indicators on. Crashed into it. Who is at fault?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 8, 2021

If you were injured and needed medical care, you have a case. Call an attorney for a free consultation. Also, notify your own insurance company and file an SR-1 form with DMV.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I slipped and fell in a FoodMaxx Save Mart store I need to file a claim I need free legal aid
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 4, 2021

Nobody is going to work for free. Personal injury attorneys work on contingency, meaning that they take a cut of whatever you get at the end of the case. You don't need any money to hire a personal injury attorney. You do need a good case, which depends on evidence that the store was at... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: can i fight a ticket for dog running at large if the dog escaped on his own?

my dog always jumps our fence and hangs out in the front yard, AC comes and brings him down with a pole and writes me a ticket, this was around 7 in the morning so i had no idea the dog was out. can i fight the ticket because i didn’t know the dog was out or it it irreverent?

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 27, 2021

It doesn't matter. It's your dog. It's running at large. You have a duty to have a better fence, or closed doors.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Hi I got bit by a dog yesterday at work he attacked me out of nowhere can I file a Lawsuit?

I work at a dog groomers giving dogs baths and i was washing off the last shampoo coat and the dog jumped and bit my lip I had to go to the emergency room to get stitches.

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 22, 2021

You can successfully sue if the owner knew of the dog's propensity to bite and failed to warn you. There is no strict liability for dog bites for a person, like yourself, who has chosen to work with dogs. You have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner.

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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I recently found maggots in my dogs canned food and I was wondering if I can sue
William John Light
William John Light answered on May 19, 2021

1. It's probably rice.

2. Maggots are not harmful to dogs, or even to you. They are just disgusting.

3. Without some significant harm, you don't have a case.

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