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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: i fell in 711 store parking lot and broke my femur can i sue california
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William John Light answered on Mar 31, 2020

It depends why you fell. If there was a dangerous condition in the parking lot and 7-11 knew or should have known of it, then you have a case. Get photos of the parking lot and whatever caused you to fall. If there is an elevation issue (pot hole, parking bollard, etc.) take a tape measure to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is this Illegal??

My ex pony friend and I were together for 7 years and have a 4 tour old together. 3 months into the breakup j had crashed into a pole and CHP hauled away my car that’s in his name away with my belongings. My ex got it out that day and isn’t returning it. He kept my purse, ID,cash, new laptop,... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 31, 2020

It's not illegal in that no crime has been committed by accusing the police. Illegality would be the taking of the personal property. You should be able to trace the location of your laptop and phone through the location services of the various manufacturers/providers. If your boyfriend took... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My 82 year old sister can no longer afford misdeneanor victim restitution payments, owes $172,000.

She has been making pmts for many years and would like to be rid of this financial burden. Needs help. I wasn't sure of category.

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William John Light answered on Mar 30, 2020

Consult with a Washington criminal defense attorney for modification of the restitution order, or with the Public Defenders Office.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I had a car accident How can I prove or prevent being at fault when I was not ?

at the beginning of the year I had an accident with this old guy he was driving a Tacoma I was at the light waiting to make a left he was coming from the opposite direction to make a right the light turn yellow then I took the turn (and stayed in the left line ) then he took a right and tried to... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 30, 2020

You can sue the other driver in Small Claims to recover your property damages and rental car expenses. You can file a separate Small Claims action to recover your bodily injuries, if any.

It's unclear that the other party is at fault. You have an obligation to wait to make a left turn...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: my sister was watching our dog until we were able to get into a place that allowed pets, since then we had a falling out

and she refuses to give the dog back. I have offered to pay her the cost of care for the time she had him, I have all paperwork showing im the owner, what can be done?

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William John Light answered on Mar 29, 2020

Report the dog stolen. It is unlikely that the police will get involved in this dispute, but you should begin there. If that doesn't work, you can sue sue your sister in Small Claims for the value of your dog or its return. If you sue, bring all evidence of the existence of your dog, and its... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I found a dog running around in my neighborhood with a chip May 2019.

I took the dog to the vet to be scanned and there as a chip. I generated a found dog alert. I posted on Pet Harbor, Finding Fido, notified local animal shelter, posted on Several FB groups, and also next door . Called animal shelter several times to see if anyone lost dog. Searched lost dog on... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 29, 2020

Yes, they can. Despite all of the things you did, you did not do what the law requires.

Under Civil Code § 2080, when you take possession of a lost thing, you are a “. . .Any person that. . .saves any domestic animal from harm, neglect, drowning, or starvation, shall, within a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: i was in a car accident and i didnt have insurance and my dl was exp but it was there fault can i get them to pay 4my ca
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William John Light answered on Mar 27, 2020

If neither you nor the car was insured, you can recover for everything except your pain and suffering. You can get property damage, past and future wage loss and medical expenses.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: If I bought a expired ecig from a Head shop and it caused small loss of taste and smell. Is there somthing I can do ?

I have bought probably three ecigs all expired over the course of 2 months and I noticed on the last one after I took a puff I instantly felt like I got a small cold. And now my taste and smell is not normal and it’s been this way for quite a while and they are still selling expired ecigs to... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 26, 2020

Maybe if you have received medical attention, received a diagnosis and treatment, and there is medical/scientific evidence that the ecig causes your condition. Even then, you also bear responsibility for what goes in your body. If you now know that the ecig was expired, you could have determined... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I was passenger in an auto accident. I didn't go to the hospital after the accident, but now I'm in serious pain.

What do I do next and do I pick a doctor lawyer? I didn't get the other party's info yet, should I do that before I do anything? What do I need to bring to these appointments? Thank you

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William John Light answered on Mar 24, 2020

First, get needed medical attention. It's always a little suspicious when people get lawyers before they see a doctor.

Second, make a police report, if you haven't done so already.

Third, get a consultation from a personal injury attorney. Any attorney that you hire will work with...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Hi, I was a witness to a car accident and have provided a recorded statement and dash cam footage.

I provided a recorded statement and a dash cam footage to an adjuster of the party I believe was not at fault. Can my name/info be found out by the other party? Can my dash cam footage be viewed by the other party?

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William John Light answered on Mar 23, 2020

Yes and yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My gf and I adopted 2 dogs registered to her. She left over a month ago. Now says she's coming to get them. Can she?

She did nothing but complain about them. She never wanted them I did. I have been the sole provider for them, also she moved to an apartment with no yard.

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William John Light answered on Mar 23, 2020

The fact that her apartment has no yard is completely irrelevant to whether she owns the dogs. The fact that you can provide a better home is completely irrelevant to whether she owns the dogs.

With respect to ownership, your post is unclear. You say that the two of you adopted the dogs,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: RE: ANIMAL SERVICES COMPLAINT FORM

Hi William,I contacted you previously about the mistreatment of a horse.The wife has emotional narcissistic issues & only cares about herself.There is a global pandemic, but all she cares about is finding out what i said in my report.I am shocked my detailed and sensitive information can be... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 23, 2020

FYI: Your post to me is public. If you want to direct your question to a specific attorney, click on that attorney's profile to find their telephone number or email address.

With respect to your comments, if a suit is threatened or filed against you, make a claim with your homeowners...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Hi, Animal services has just given my complaint records to the owners of the animal.

I would like to know if the owners of the animal i complained about, can sue me over the information i provided in my complaint? Everything in my complaint was true, concise and to the point. I am now very nervous about the situation.

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William John Light answered on Mar 22, 2020

Anyone can be sued for anything, for the cost of a filing fee. The question is whether a suit can be won. The type of claim that might be brought against you is for libel (written falsities) or slander (spoken falsities) that damaged the subject's reputation. If, as you have noted, spoke the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What are my options if i got hit by a truck and suffered serious injuries?

I was hit by a truck while riding my bicycle and a truck hit me 7/28/2018. Causing 22 broken bones and brain injury i was in a coma for 10 days. Is there a limit that i can sue the person for. I was a model and actor this accident has hindered me where i can not work. This accident changed my life... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 21, 2020

Assuming that the truck driver was at fault, you can make a claim with the truck driver's insurance company. You can recover your past and future wage loss, medical expenses and pain and suffering. If you had your own policy of uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist coverage, you can recover... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation and Lemon Law for California on
Q: Sold my car to carmax. They sold it. The new owner did a hit and run and it came back to me.

I traded in a fully paid off car went to carmax to trade it for a cheaper vehicle on insurance. I found a cheaper car and even recieve a check back because I still had positive equity balance. Few months, I thought my car was stolen as It was repossessed! I paid the 1300 to get it out. While trying... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 19, 2020

If you are the owner of a vehicle, you are liable for its permissive use, up to $15k/person & $30k/accident for bodily injury. (Vehicle Code section 17150). Your liability for ownership of a vehicle ends once you sign the title and deliver the registration to the purchaser, or you file with DMV a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Help! My sisters ex stole her puppy?

I had a litter of puppies, my sister and I had an agreement that she would make payments to me for the puppy I sold to her. At the time she was in a relationship and living with this person, things got ugly he kicked her out and is now trying to keep the dog from her , however the dog was never... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 19, 2020

Sounds like your sister owes you money. You sold it to her and she agreed to pay. If you want to sue, you can sue her for the unpaid purchase price. It doesn't sound like the dog has been stolen from you.

Your sister can sue the ex for the value of the dog and/or its return. She can...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Coronavirus: Postponing gym membership or do nothing?

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William John Light answered on Mar 18, 2020

Whether you have a right to cancel your membership is set forth in your Gym contract and Civil Code section 1813.80, and following statutes. The terms by which you might be entitled to a freeze on the membership are likely also specified in the contract. Whether the gym's current offer to you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I got in an accident not my fault. He doesnt have a valid license so apparently can not get insurance this, can he sue?
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William John Light answered on Mar 18, 2020

Yes, he can sue. If he was not insured, he will not be able to recover pain and suffering damages, but can recover for medical expenses (past and future) and wage loss (past and future). Notify your insurer. Its job is to defend you in this situation. If you were not wholly at fault, and you... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Products Liability for California on
Q: Can a driver with no valid driver's license due you in an accident that wasn't your fault?

He is a Mexican resident with only a California I'd card states Federal Limits Apply.

He doesnt have a valid license so apparently can not get insurance this, can he sue me?

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William John Light answered on Mar 18, 2020

Yes. Licensure has no bearing on who is at fault.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: motorhome required to be my residence as campground mgr. was damaged due to tow truck drivers error while being towed.

Tow truck driver drove through a huge pothole in parking lot. Pothole could easily have been avoided. The underside of motorhome was ripped out, including the generator and plumbing. Is the tow truck company liable? Can I sue them? The motorhome could not serve as my residence due to the... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Mar 13, 2020

It would be easier to make a claim with your own insurance and let it pursue the tow truck driver for whatever liability it could prove. If you don't have insurance, you can try to pursue the tow truck driver. If your damages are $10k or less, you can file in Small Claims and get a Judgment of up... Read more »

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