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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can the pound take away your dog if the has a broken leg that wasn't fixed then dog got loose pick up by pound?

SPCA said I can't get my dog back that was picked up cuz he got loose and had a broken leg the broken leg was a prior injury how do I get my dog back State of California is it legal for them to take away my dog like that because they're not allowing me to get my dog out and I'm... Read more »

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

Yes, its legal. Failing to provide necessary veterinary care to your injured animal can be a crime. Animal Control is within its rights to refuse to return the dog to you. You have demonstrated that you are not fit to provide a safe home for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My daughter and my dog were attacked by another dog in the neighborhood.

My daughter was attended by paramedics and her injuries were not serious but she is bypolar and was very affected mentally. Our family dog was seriously injured and has died. A report was filed with animal control. I would like to seek compensation for my dog's vet bills and the loss of our... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 7, 2021

Your daughter has a good case against the owner of the dog. You have a case to recover your vet bills from the owner of the dog. Hopefully the owner has homeowner's insurance that applies. Your daughter, especially, needs to consult with a personal injury attorney. This is far too complex... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I am personally getting sued for a car accident that happened on the job it names amazon and me. Am I personally liable?

I am getting sued for damages and personal suffering. The date to appear is june 4th 2021. I am no longer working for the company and the company has gone under since then. Should I appear by myself or should I contact amazons legal department and see if they can help?

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 3, 2021

The Company's insurance will defend you regardless of the fact that the Company has gone under. The police report likely has the name of the Company's insurer, and the policy number. That should be all you need to contact it and ask for it to defend you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: A horse hauler drove onto my property, ran over my dog and injured her. I have $1,200+ in vet bills.I want them to pay

I have no affiliation w/ horse hauler. I have a gated entrance and fully fenced property.

Horse Hauler drove onto my property following the owner of the horse they were picking up. They picked up the horse and left without even speaking with me.

I called and asked her to pay for... Read more »

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

You can sue in Small Claims court and get a judgment of up to $10k if you prove your damages in that amount. Whether you can collect mostly depends on whether the hauler has insurance that applies.

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: How do I prove a pharmacist did not fill my prescription correctly and as a result I have permanent repercussions

Yes I have been permanently affected due to his negligence but I have no money for a lawyer

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

If you have left over medication, it can be tested.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for California on
Q: My 18yr old son was driving my rental car and met with accident.

He is not on the rental car agreement nor is on my auto insurance. The other car(2008 Toyota SUV) was damaged and there was damage to the rental car as well. There was no injury to my son and the other party also did not have any injuries. The other party did not call the police and they waited for... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 26, 2021

Insurance fraud is a crime. Claiming you were driving to trigger your policy is insurance fraud.

You are going to have to take this one on the chin, assuming that you gave your son permission to drive the car. You are liable to the rental company for the damage done to its car. As the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What can I do to help neglected puppies of animal control won’t step in?

CA-Neighbors have puppies in cage all day/night. Left out in rain and heat. Contacted animal control, nothing followed. They are given water and food once a day for 6 left alone the rest of the day.

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

You have no legal rights to do anything. You can offer to buy them if Animal Control believes that the puppies are being given legally adequate care but you disagree. If the owner doesn't want to sell, then move on.

4 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Employment Law, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Hired as an independent contractor, but now owner claims that I was a partner after trying to receive payment. Legal?

I was hired by company to run Tournament events. The company wants to contract me to run tournamemt events. With work product created, I provided the company with this service. After creating an FBN and EIN for the sole purpose of getting paid for services I provided, I asked for payment by giving... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Apr 25, 2021

You are free to sue for your fees as an independent contractor, if that is what you were. Even as an independent contractor, if you created intellectual property during the course of those duties, that property would likely belong to the person who contracted with you to create it.

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: what is crediable vs. non crediable as the plantif?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 24, 2021

Truth is credible. Lies, exaggeration and BS are not.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My boyfriend gave my dog away without my permission the same day he request to get my dog back he paid the person

who took my dog and now the person doesn't want to give me my dog back

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 23, 2021

Call the police and report that this person is in receipt of stolen property. You can also sue in Small Claims for money and/or for an Order for return of your property. Your success will depend on whether your boyfriend was the owner of the dog or had authority to give it away.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: is there a whistleblower reward available for reporting insurance fraud in california?

a business is allowing a doctors office to “recruit” patients on its premises. one of the managers is receiving a referral bonus (cash) for every employee that goes and has any procedure (bonus is from the dr office not from the employer). on top of that the doctors office offering new... Read more »

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

Insurance fraud is a crime, so contact the police. You can also contact the Medical Board, which licenses and disciplines physicians. dca.ca.gov/consumers/complaints/medbd.shtml

You can also retain an attorney to file your own lawsuit against the medical providers under the Insurance...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: My car was hit by another, his carrier refused to pay damages. Is Small Claims my best option to recover my deductible?

The evidence clearly indicates the other driver's fault; in fact, my agent suggested that was true in an email. Since the other driver's insurance refused my claim, I had to go through my own insurance, which required a $500 deductible. I'd like to recover that. Is Small Claims Court... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 21, 2021

You cannot just go and sue to recover your deductible. You took money from your insurance company. It also has a right to recover from the at fault driver. You each own a piece of the same claim, and it has to be presented in the same lawsuit. You need permission from your insurer to pursue the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I'm a dog walker, I walked a dog for 3 days. the dog bit a ladies long sleeve which cause her to fall now i'm being sue.

i had never walk this dog before, I was hired through wag.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 20, 2021

Contact Wag and see whether you are covered under its liability policy. If not, you might be covered under the dog owners policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for California on
Q: What can we do when our Travel Protection insurance claim was denied after giving proof of being sick with Covid?

Our 20th anniversary Kauai trip was planned for 4/01 - 4/08. All back up documentation was given to Red Sky Travel Insurance, including the "Attending Physician Statement" but I was still denied reimbursement. Red Sky Travel Insurance company replied with "after testing positive... Read more »

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

You will have to explain why the insurance company was wrong. Its math appears to be correct.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: What do I do if Lawyer stops communicating with me? There is a scheduled Summary Judgment tomorrow.

Lawyer told me I would not receive any of the settlement because he will invest the money.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 14, 2021

Contact the State Bar and make a complaint if you attorney won't talk to you and/or won't disburse your settlement funds.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: My friend says she was sexually assaulted in a residential mental ward can j get her out of there
William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 10, 2021

If she is there voluntarily, she can check herself out, although that seems unlikely. If she has been committed, you cannot unilaterally take her away. You can call the police and/or make a complaint to the licensing board. dhcs.ca.gov/provgovpart/Pages/MH-Licensing.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it legal/humane to shoot your dog as a way of “putting it down”?

My sons father deemed his pitbull terminally ill. The dog was taken to a vet for, if I remember correctly, seizures. I never heard of the outcome to that visit, and shortly after my son called and was so upset, crying, and told me his dad shot the dog. I understand the dog was sick, but I was... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 7, 2021

This could be illegal for a number of reasons. Animal cruelty, illegal discharge of a weapon, etc. Depending on circumstances, it might be legal. It really depends on the facts of exactly what happened. Make a complaint to the Sheriffs Dept. or police and find out.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is my now ex wife liable for Lawsuit involving our dog injuring someone while we were married?

My now ex wife and I were separated at the time but we were still married and living together..while I was away one day coaching our sons football team our dog got out of the house while she was home and Dog saw another little dog and it’s owner picked up her dog and our dog a Akita subsequently... Read more »

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

If it's a community debt, then she should bear her share of it. It's unclear whether your wife was a party to the litigation, and/or was aware of the settlement conference. It's also unclear whether your wife has the funds to actually contribute the $30k which might be her share.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: What can I do about my vehicle being stolen from an auto body shop that come to find out, has no insurance?

I took my car to an auto body shop to have minor work done and received a call from the shop owner that my car was missing. Somebody went into his business and took the keys to my car and drove off. He told me to file claim with my car insurance company. I only have liability. When I told him his... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 3, 2021

Make a complaint to the Bureau of Automotive Repair. File suit in Small Claims. You can get a judgment of up to $10k. Whether you can collect is another issue.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: Do non-vision impaired drivers have to be able to see cars hidden by shubbery?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 2, 2021

A person must use reasonable care in driving a vehicle. Drivers must keep a lookout for pedestrians, obstacles, and other vehicles. They must also control the speed and movement of their vehicles. The failure to use reasonable care in driving a vehicle is negligence. (CACI 700).

That may...
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