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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: animal control did not follow due process and forced euthanasia on 2 innocent dogs. can i sue animal control?

my dogs were accused of a fatal dog vs dog attack. the 'witness' gave false statements to the officer which resulted in animal control 2 days later coming to my home, taking my dogs and forcing euthanasia. they had no paperwork, no warrant, no evidence. AC would not accompany me to talk with the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 15, 2020

more info needed.

it sounds like your case is a mess.

you can always sue anyone for anything.

the question is will you recover and HOW MUCH?

you probably will not find a lawyer to accept the case on a contingency.

IF so you will have to pay on an hourly...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: If if a person is a known running several failure to appears should the law let them go on purposes of being a CI t

And i if letting him go go causes death or harm she the log there for me to response when knowing that this person was a runner in the first place

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 31, 2020

Please re-post. This is unintelligible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: My step father passed away from leukemia in 02 he worked with chemicals(Roundup) Is it too late to file a lawsuit?

He had 3 daughters under 18 and was married. My mom sued the company he worked for but never went after any manufacturers. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 4, 2020

inquiring for you from Attorney who is involved in the class action...............dale gribow 760 837 7500

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: my brother filed a wrongful death suit in calif. and named my siblings and I as nominal defendants what does that mean
Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Nov 11, 2019

In a wrongful death suit, all people who are allowed to bring the claim must be made parties to the lawsuit, so the case can take care of all possible claims. If a party who qualifies does not want to be a plaintiff, they must be named as a nominal defendant. If you would rather be a plaintiff,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: can a settlement from a wrongful death MDL be forced into probate 18 years after the persons death?

My husband was killed in a defective car 18 years ago. The case turned into an MDL due to the number of people injured. Now that company is saying our portion of the settlement HAS to be put through probate even though there are only two of us ( his son and wife) that are eligilble to collect any... Read more »

Bill Sweeney
Bill Sweeney answered on Sep 26, 2019

Please refer to my article at: https://www.sweeneyprobatelaw.com/Articles/Understanding-Wrongful-Death-And-Survival-Actions.shtml

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: 5 mil lawsuit in 79-80s in which the children of deceased never received any funds from the suit? Can this be recovered

Wrongful death and DUI. Grandma was guardian of children but she was in trouble by the law at the time and they refused to give her the money. Children just learned of the lawsuit and want to know if it can be recovered since they are innocent of grandma criminal activity

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 17, 2019

1. The children recover the money, not the guardian, so the Grandmother's criminal history would not be relevant. Any money is placed either in a blocked account (not accessible until the children turn 18), or is deposited into an annuity that pays out specified sums on a specified timetable.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Is she able to be sued and or prosecuted for animal cruelty?

My friend’s kitten escaped and ran to the neighbors house, and the neighbor intentionally put it in a pen with three dogs who of course attacked it. My friend tried to get there in time, but the kitten died at the vet.

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Aug 7, 2019

What a horrible situation. Notify the police and animal control. The rest is up to the D.A. Very sorry for your loss.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Daughter died of heroine overdose after over a year clean. Was prescribed Percocet after C section. Dr aware of history

At first she refused but needed for pain. Then her brother informed us she asked him to get her more he refused. Found dead month after baby was born. Does hospital hold any liability.

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene answered on Jul 24, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss. It's not possible for someone to give you advice about your situation with the limited information available in this forum. You should immediately sit down with a local attorney and discuss the situation. If the first attorney doesn't want to take the case ask them... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: I feel the Emergency Pet Hospital killed my MaltiPoo. Malpractice. Can I get help?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 17, 2019

You can sue for veterinary malpractice. You can recover the reasonable value of your dog. No emotional distress. You will need the testimony of another veterinarian to describe how your dog died and why it was the result of malpractice and not reasonable veterinary error/discretion. These are... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: is a California hoa responsible for wrongful death? An elderly man died in our HOA hot tub. The clubhouse attendant who

is paid until 10 pm daily and closes up the cabana and bathrooms. The attendant came to the hot tub at 9:54 pm. She said the 81 year old was exposed and left him in the hot tub. Even though he had his cane showing. i know him well and know he would have exposed himself.

The autopsy shows... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 10, 2019

I don't know what "was exposed" means. He was naked? What does his "cane showing" mean? Why does any of that suggest that the attendant knew or should have known that the 81 year old was at risk of death?

Whether any of this adds up to wrongful death depends on a lot of factors that...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Pro bono ?

Dui (drugs) / great bodily injury/ involuntary vehicular manslaugther.

Pro bono attorney in San Bernardino , Ca.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 16, 2019

Get a public defender. If you want a private attorney, you will have to pay, and for those charges, it isn't cheap. Time to call on your family and friends to chip in.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: I’m 43 years old disabled adult, female. My disablities are: Cerbral Palsy, and Diabette

Insipidus . I’m wheelchair bound I use an electric wheelchair to get around. In 1985 my mom passed away from   cervical cancer at the age of 29. In 1996 my dad passed away from  a brain aneurysm. At the of 45.I live on my own in Salinas California since May 2009.  I have San Andreas Regional... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jun 13, 2019

Here are some legal resources for you to contact in Salinas.

LaPorte Law Firm

119 Cayuga St · (831) 426-2535

Angelina Valle & Associates

1184 Monroe St #6 · (831) 753-0200

Based on my cursory review, either of these offices would likely be able to assist...
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3 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: I am in search of someone that can help me obtain the medical records of my deceased wife. I believe she died unjustly.

I believe that the doctor (s) in charge let her pass by stopping her CPR treatment. I know there is a term for it - slow something or other.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jun 12, 2019

You can go to the medical records department of the hospital, assuming that is where she was, and fill out the form to request the records. Make sure that you check all of the boxes for every different type of record (progress notes, nurses notes, physicians order, medication administration,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Case was an unlimited wrongful death suit against 1 civillian and I busisness who had legal duty to protect sister from

Lawyer doesn't want to honor our contract because he got 2 cases that would've been profitable tossed out of court by cancelling all depositions. Now he don't want to continue with case against my sister's killer because he knows this person has no assets. But we signed a contract.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Depends on the two cases being "tossed" and the reasons for them. Contact a member of CAOC who handles legal malpractice cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: why is this case necessary in times likes this

Atkins v. Virginia

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on May 22, 2019

Atkins v Virginia, decided in 2002, held that it is a violation of the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment to execute a "mentally retarded" defendant, finding that " the large number of States prohibiting the execution of mentally retarded persons provides powerful... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: someone intentionally makes your life miserable creates serious problems , person start seriously think about suicide
William John Light
William John Light answered on May 4, 2019

I don't think that someone who makes your life miserable is going to be liable for suicide. However, if someone encourages and/or provides other support for such an action, liability might be possible. Talk to a mental health counselor. There are resources to help.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Which has priority? Wrongful death claim or claims by insurance companies for property damage for claims they paid out?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 12, 2019

Neither. Bodily injury claims and property damage claims have separate limits in liability policies. The damages paid out for one does not affect the other. Facts to consider include the number of claimants, the economic damages (loss of financial support due to absence of the decedent),... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: arrested for vehicular manslaughter on atv but blood results for alcohol came back normal, what happens next?

arrested for vehicular manslaughter with suspesion for dui but blood alcohol level was normal but someone did end up dying in the crash, what happens to the driver? how long does a case like this usually take?

Driving a atv and it crashed or tipped and everyone was thrown out, no one in... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 27, 2019

It could be over tomorrow. It could go through trial and appeals and take years. Every case is different. What happens to the driver depends on the facts of the incident, which you haven't shared.

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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: How do I go about getting a phone unlocked that may obtain crucial evidence about my sisters death involving fentanyl?

Police are not doing a criminal investigation and I have reason to believe her death was no over dose, but in fact a homicide. I believe her phone contains information that can help me find the truth. How can I get the police to assist in getting the phone unlocked?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 22, 2019

Not sure, but I would contact the phone manufacturer with evidence that I was the heir, or had legal authority to access the phone, and request its help.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Is it illegal to kill the other persons dog if both dogs are engaged in fighting and neither owner can break them apart?

Neighbors dog walked in front of my houseboff leash. My dog then ran out the front door and out the unfortunatly opened gate. Both pitbulls angaed in a fight. We were not succeeding in breakig them apart. My neighbor grabbed his gun shot and killed my dog. How good of a case do i have? My dog was... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 18, 2019

If you had a case, it would be for the value of the dog. I don't know whether what he did was illegal. However, if he had called the police instead, what do you think they would have done?

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