Bao from Union City writes, “Chris, I got into a car accident last week and broke two ribs. My sister was with me and she suffered a concussion. The other driver ran a red light and hit us. I was driving my sister’s car which was totaled. I found out after the crash that my sister doesn’t have insurance. The agent for the driver who hit us says since the car was not insured he doesn’t have to pay for my injuries. I have my own car insurance policy. What should I do?”
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous writes, “Chris, I worked in the accounting department of a health care provider. Last year, my company discovered it had been using the wrong billing code for a key service when submitting Medicare reimbursement requests. This resulted in the government paying substantially more for the service than it should have. My supervisor directed me to compile a list of the overcharges for senior management. The company remedied the error for new reimbursement requests but never informed the government of the overpayments.
Two weeks ago, I sent an email to my supervisor asking why the company had not reported the billing error. I was told the matter had been resolved and not to raise the issue again. I would know if the company reimbursed Medicare for the overcharges. No payment was made. Last week, I was laid off without notice. I believe it was because I complained about the Medicare overcharges. I did not have a contract and they refused to give me any severance pay. What can I do?”
This week’s question comes from Harry B. in Walnut Creek who asks: “How is it that the President can issue an Executive Order regarding immigration and some court can just swoop in and say he can’t. He is the President now and people have just got to get used to it. Why does the Judge, one person, get to stop what we voted for when we elected Trump: immigration reform and protection from terrorists?”
This weeks question comes from Sheila P. in San Francisco who asks, “Amy, my best girlfriend, just confided in me that she and her therapist had sex. She went to see this therapist because of sexual trauma she suffered as a child. She’s really freaked out and confused. On one hand she doesn’t want to get the therapist in trouble but on the other hand she feels like she’s being taken advantage of. I can see that it’s tearing her apart. Isn’t this illegal? What can be done about it?”
Jeff T. from the Marina asks: “I was at a bar with friends. We got tipsy, maybe a little more, and the bouncer asked my friend to leave. He left then snuck back in. The bouncer found him and grabbed him by the hair and started pulling him outside. My friend screamed and the bouncer threw him outside on the ground about ten feet from the front door. I stood between the bouncer and my friend and said “stop we are leaving.”
My friend got up and told the bouncer to go*&%$ himself and the bouncer took a swing at him, missed and hit me in the face breaking my nose. I did nothing but tried to calm things down and I got my nose broken. I called the police but said that they wouldn’t make an arrest because the bouncer said we both attacked him. I know some other witnesses who left before the police came. I heard that this has happened before with this bouncer. He still works there. What can I do?”
Cristy from Albany writes, “Chris, my wife and I are excited to have our first child in the Spring. The pregnancy has been challenging, however. I may need extended time off from work both before and after my baby is born. I am confused as to the amount of leave I am entitled to. Could you please clarify the law for me?
Thank you for your message Cristy and congratulations to you and your wife on your great news.
This week’s question comes from Shelia D in South City who asks: “I am really upset about what my uncle recently did. He had, since I was young, promised me that he would give me his Camaro when he got a new car. He got a new car and, instead of giving his old car to me, he gave it to his son who he just made up with after years of hating each other. I feel that the car should be mine. Can I do anything to get the car?”
This week’s question comes from James Q., in Orinda who asks; “I voted for the legalization marijuana in the last election. I want to know about what the rules are? How much can I have? How much can I grow? Can I be fired for smoking pot off the job? I can drink while I’m not on duty. Can I smoke or can they still drug test me and fire me?”
James, Proposition 64, officially known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, is a complicated set of new regulations. Many people assumed it simply authorized the sale and use of marijuana. While that is true, there is much more to the law only a bit of which I can cover here.
My heart, and those of the entire Bay Area, go out to the families and friends whose loved ones died at the Ghost Ship on December 2, 2016. The horrific inferno at the converted, two-story warehouse constitutes the deadliest structure blaze in California since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.