QUESTION: My son was stabbed while he was in prison. Can I sue them? ANSWER: Under California law, an incarcerated inmate must exhaust all administrative remedies before suing the state in a civil action based on conditions arising from his or her confinement.
QUESTION: I was injured by a store associate. Can I sue the store company? ANSWER: An employer may be liable for an employee’s (or “ostensible employee’s”) tortious acts committed within the scope of the employment. This is under the doctrine of respondent superior which imposes vicarious (or derivative liability) upon the employer—i.e., it imputes the employee’s fault to the employer and thus makes the employer responsible in damages just as if he or she personally committed the tortious act.
QUESTION: My wife stepped into a pothole in the parking lot after shopping in a local store. Several witnesses or regulars said they had warned the store about the pothole but they have not repaired it. Can we hold the “chain” responsible for not repairing the parking lot? ANSWER: Property owners and managers are required to keep their property and premises free of dangerous conditions to prevent possible harm to customers, tenants and other users. Owners and managers of such premises may be liable for negligence under a premises liability.
QUESTION: While I was at work, 2 dogs owned by people from down the street broke through my fence and attacked my dog. My dog was severely hurt and was in the hospital for a week. He will still need follow up care to correct the damage. Can I go after the owners of the dogs who attacked mine and have them pay for the vet bills? ANSWER: Under California’s “dog bite statute,” dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their pets [CC § 3342(a)], and this may.
QUESTION: While walking my dog, a large pit bull got out of its owner’s yard and attacked and killed my little dog. It also bit me on my knuckle. I have been unable to sleep since the attack and I find it hard to stay focused. Can I sue the owner? How do I find an attorney that handles this kind of case? ANSWER: Dog owners are generally held strictly liable for damages caused by their pets to a person if it happens in a public place [CC § 3342(a)]..
QUESTION: If someone enters my home without permission and my dog bites them, can I be sued for the injury? ANSWER: The “dog bite statute” of California mainly puts the responsibility on the owners of dogs that injure others [CC § 3342(a)]. For example, if a victim was bitten by a dog owned by another tenant in an apartment complex, generally, the owner, and NOT the apartment complex management, will be held liable for the injuries sustained.
QUESTION: I just moved into a new apartment and the management never notified me that my downstairs neighbor had 2 service dogs. During the process of moving, my brother and I met the downstairs neighbor as she was walking her dogs. She said they were her therapy dogs and asked us if we want to pet them. So we did. But without warning, the dog bit me on my arm. When I went to the management, they said they had prior knowledge that the dogs were dangerous, but never did.
QUESTION: Am I responsible if my dog bites someone who puts their hands over my fence while my dog is in my yard? ANSWER: Generally, the “dog bite statute” of California would hold the owner of the dog “liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog.”
QUESTION: What is wrongful death? My brother was murdered and no one responded to the 911 calls until 12 hours after. ANSWER: Wrongful death refers to death caused by the negligence or misconduct of another. CCP § 377.60 establishes a statutory cause of action in favor of specified heirs of a person who dies as a result of the “wrongful act or neglect” of another.
QUESTION: What is the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit in the state of California? My son was murdered in 2008 and I am interested in filing a tort case. ANSWER: According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP), there is generally a two-year statute of limitations for claims involving death of a person “caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another” (CCP § 335.1). This means that a suit should be filed within two years from the death of the person, otherwise the claimant.