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William John Light

William John Light

Law Offices of Todd Rash
  • Personal Injury, Animal & Dog Law, Insurance Claims...
  • California
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Call me at (951) 275-5297. Email me at wmlight@pacbell.net. Visit my website at www.hustleandjustice.com.

I have been practicing law for 30 years. Lots of attorneys can file lawsuits and fight it out. We take pride in fighting intelligently. I have recovered millions and millions of dollars for people like you. I have met thousands of decent, honorable people who have been hurt due to negligence or intentional wrongdoing of others. You deserve a voice. We will speak for you. When we speak, insurance companies pay attention. Some of our biggest and most satisfying cases involved representing victims of dog bites, sexual molestation, product liability, dangerous roads and, of course, automobile collisions. We have a great deal of experience in virtually every kind of personal injury claim there is, including dental and medical malpractice, premises liability and employment disputes. I would like to discuss your case with you. Consultations are free.

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Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Products Liability
  • Elder Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Civil Rights
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    1 hour free
  • Contingent Fees
    Fees are 33 1/3% to 40%, depending on when the case is resolved. Fees for minors are set by the Court.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Law Offices of Todd Rash
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Personal Injury, Products Liability, Road Defect, Slip and Fall, Molestation, Employment Law, Professional Malpractice, Excessive Force. Have recovered Millions and Millions for victims.
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Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith.
Education
Univ of North Dakota
Undergraduate Degree
Southwestern Univ School of Law
Law Degree
Awards
Dean Paul Wildman Scholarship
Southwestern University School of Law
Evidence Award
American Jurisprudence
Professional Associations
California State Bar # 141220
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- Current
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1296 Questions Answered

Q. Worked as a "per diem" physician at Kaiser. Injured in parking lot after shift. Worker's Comp vs peronal injury?
A: Workers comp is a virtually guaranteed recovery. Even though you were off work, being injured in the parking lot will be considered. Alternatively, PI claim will also be possible. Recovery is less certain, but larger. I don't believe that both claims will be allowed so you will have to choose. If you choose PI, and it is determined that your claim is barred by workers comp., you should then be allowed to pursue the workers comp claim. Take photos of the area of the fall, with a tape measure, yard stick or ruler for perspective. Take photos of any visible injuries. Make an appointment with an attorney. Consultations are free.
Q. My kids and my wife are affraid of getting into car because of recent drunk driver accident.
A: You, and they, have good PI cases. Contact a PI attorney to discuss it in detail. You need to get medical treatment for a diagnosis of your injuries and off work order to justify any loss of wages. Take photos of visible injuries, damage to the vehicles and collision site. If the other party doesn't have insurance, or has minimal limits, your UM or UIM coverage will apply. It doesn't cost anything to talk to a PI attorney about a case.
Q. I received a letter from a insurance company that said i owed $4,000 dollars in damages from a car that was a trade in
A: You should have filed a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability with DMV when you traded in the vehicle. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/online/nrl/welcome However, the question is not what you need to prove that you don't own the car, but what the insurer/plaintiff needs to do to prove that you do own it. I would question it in writing how it intends to prove your ownership of a vehicle that you sold in 2012. The plaintiff has the burden of proof, not you. I would give it any copies of your trade in paperwork from 2012. It is possible that you are still a registered owner, if the Notice of Transfer was not filed, although that seems unlikely. If the auto dealer was supposed to handle all of this, you may have a claim against it to indemnify you for any liability based upon your continued ownership.
Q. What should be my next step?
A: It's not even clear that you have a legitimate "next step." You took money from your insurance company for property damage. Per your insurance contract, and principals of equity, your insurer now owns your right to pursue the at fault party for your property damages. That is a claim which cannot be divided between the two of you, and pursued at different times in different lawsuits. If you want to go after the construction company for some other property losses, you need your insurer's permission to do so, or you risk destroying their rights, and breaching your contract, requiring you to pay back the monies which you have received. Secondly, it's not clear what the other "out of pocket expenses" are that you claim. Those expenses may or may not be recoverable. Thirdly, assuming you get your insurer's consent, you can sue the at fault party in Small Claims and recover up to $10k, no attorneys allowed. If you hire an attorney to pursue your claims, you will have to pay hourly or based on a contingency fee, which will eat up a significant portion of your "out of pocket expenses."
Q. I had an operation by a doctor and post-op I passed out and hit my head so hard I fractured it yeah I repeatedly told hi
A: You may have a claim. Your medical records would have to be obtained and reviewed by an expert in the appropriate medical field to give any kind of knowledgeable answer.
Q. How to get help with harrassement/stalking by ex employee I reported for fraud. I am disabled + she was my IHSS worker
A: It's very hard to decipher what is happening here, but it sounds like you have been the victim of a crime, such as identity theft. If that is accurate, contact the Placentia Police Dept., Miscellaneous Crimes Unit to report what has happened. (714) 993-8146. You may also want to consider a Restraining Order to prevent this person from contacting and/or using your likeness on social media.
Q. Can I sue my previous employer for harassment and emotional distress?
A: Not for conduct occurring while you were employed. That would be covered by workers compensation law. Consult with a workers compensation attorney on that. However, if the harassment and emotional distress were motivated by your age, race, gender, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, etc., then you can pursue a claim against your employer. Consult with a discrimination attorney and/or file a complaint with the Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing. https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/complaint-process/file-a-complaint/
Q. Seismic Retrofitting and Vehicles
A: You will need to consult with a tenant's rights attorney. Bring a copy of your lease.
Q. I was told i cant hold my 2 ft snake while walking my 6 yr old up to his school gate to drop him off is that legal
A: It's not illegal. They didn't break any law. However, the school doesn't own the sidewalk or have authority to control it. The school could call Animal Control and report you for suspected animal cruelty. No idea whether that would be meritorious but the point is, the school could take that action; and/or even expel your child since you are apparently disturbing parents and adults on the sidewalk outside of school. That wouldn't be illegal, either. Your conduct is offensive. Many people are scared of snakes, harmless or not. Carrying one about on a public sidewalk surrounded by little children is intended to provoke other people and to call attention to yourself. If you want to show off your snake, consider show and tell, with permission from the school and after notice to the other parents in the classroom, and then bring your snake to school in a covered plastic tote with air holes.
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