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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Can we file a Wrongful death claim against China due to the Covid-19?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 6, 2020

Anyone can file a lawsuit for the cost of a filing fee. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: My 15 year old son went to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. He had cuts and other drugs in his body. Is this legal?

The hospital let him go and didn’t even get PERT or a social worker to talk to him.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 10, 2020

It's unclear what happened. You don't ask any questions about whether the person who supplied your son with drugs and alcohol might be responsible. You don't ask any questions about whether he has claims against others for the cuts on his body. Whether the hospital might be liable to someone for... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Can hotel staff enter your room to check and see if you are okay after another guest alerts staff that they were worried

My father died from complications from pneumonia after he was face first on the floor of his hotel room for 3 days. My dad's friend alerted the hotel staff that he was very worried about my dad and thought that they should open my dad's room and check on my dad. The hotel staff dismissed my dad's... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 8, 2020

Possibly. Although, if there were concerns about your father's health, there was nothing stopping his friend from also calling 911. He didn't have to stop at calling the hotel front desk. As a result, there is likely a huge causation issue. Nevertheless, a consultation with a wrongful death... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death and Criminal Law for California on
Q: if a store owner follows you out to your car after stealing from store can they attack you.

stole a drink from a store when into my car the clerk tried opening my door when i put into reverse the clerk started hitting my car door with a weapon. i stopped got out and the clerk tried hitting me multiple times with the same weapon. i hit the clerk one time after which we was fully awake and... Read more »

William M. Weinberg
William M. Weinberg answered on Mar 6, 2020

This is a very confusing story, but entirely serious. You should stop posting any questions online and consult a criminal attorney in your area immediately.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Domestic Violence and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Is it extortion to demand money from a minor and threatening to cancel citizenship process?

Friend was brought to the United States at a young age illegally against their will. Friend has actively sought out proper citizenship and is currently very close to achieving citizenship. However, stepmother has inserted herself into the minor's situation and is demanding money at inconsistent... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 26, 2020

more info needed.

who paid you? minor or adult?

was minor 18 when he entered into contract?

technically can not do so until 18

are you demanding money or are they demanding refund?

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1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: if a person is legally heir to a wrogful death suite and did not sighn right of waiver

is it illegal to collect on a settlment without them having knowledge and settle the suite and keep all proceeds

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 22, 2020

Refer to my prior answer.

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for California on
Q: yes i have a question about wrongful death if a lawsuit is filed for a minor child is it supposed to include both paren

and if the lawsuit was paid is it legal for one parent to hide it from the other custodial parent not to have to share the settlement this is for california

William John Light
William John Light answered on Feb 21, 2020

Both parents should be plaintiffs in the wrongful death action.

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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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