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Rise in Traffic Deaths, Rise in Litigation?

By Heiting & Irwin |

The United States Department of Transportation has provided statistics showing that in the year 2015, traffic deaths rose by 7.2 percent, with over 35,000 in traffic fatality collisions in the United States. The data provided by the U.S. Transportation Department of Transportation suggests that traffic deaths rose across every segment of the population, with… Read More »

What Makes a Personal Injury “Catastrophic”?

By Heiting & Irwin |

At Heiting & Irwin, our practice is dedicated to helping victims of catastrophic personal injury accidents recover compensation for their injuries. However, “catastrophic” is an ambiguous adjective; what one person considers to be “catastrophic” may not meet another person’s definition. Even amongst personal injury attorneys there is no universally-accepted definition of what constitutes a… Read More »

Attorney James Heiting Selected for 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers

By Heiting & Irwin |

This week it was confirmed that Attorney James Heiting, of Heiting & Irwin, in Riverside, California was selected again as a Southern California Super Lawyer. This particular distinction is only assigned to 5% of all attorneys in Southern California. Mr. Irwin has been a Super Lawyer in 2008, 2010 – 2011 and 2014 –… Read More »

James Heiting Recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer by Expert Network

By Heiting & Irwin |

Attorney James Heiting of Riverside, California was recently recognized by Expert Network as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on the reviews, ratings and accomplishments he has achieved. Membership into Expert Network cannot merely be purchased, members must be nominated and then pass a multi-stage selection process ending with an interview.  With over 40 years of… Read More »

Hoverboard Recalls

By Heiting & Irwin |

Several months back, I wrote an initial blog discussing various aspects of “hoverboard liability.” These products/devices are now becoming the proverbial “accident waiting to happen.” There have been multiple incidents of the lithium battery packs (used to power the device), over-heating, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding, causing serious injury(s) to the user. There is… Read More »

Can Stress Lead to a Car Accident?

By Heiting & Irwin |

In 2013, 424,000 people were injured and 3,154 people died in vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers. It is estimated that almost 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices or cell phones at any given time on our country’s highways, interstates, and roads. When you take your eyes off the road to send or read… Read More »

Injured, but told to Return to Work

By Heiting & Irwin |

Many times during our practice we encounter a situation where the injured worker believes that they cannot return to work, but their treating physician had releases them to return to work. Typically, in such situations, the physician has returned them to work in a “modified duty” capacity – meaning that they have been provided… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation “No-Fault” System

By Heiting & Irwin |

Did you know that even if you are injured on the job and that injury is partially your fault or even totally your fault you are, in many (even most), circumstances entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include monies paid to you at two-third’s of your average weekly wage while you are… Read More »

Elder Abuse Defined/Constrained

By Heiting & Irwin |

In the recent case, Winn v. Pioneer Medical Group, Inc. (May 19, 2016, No. S211793) 2016 Cal. LEXIS 3432, the Supreme Court of California has defined boundaries for Elder Abuse claims. Ms. Cox, an elderly patient, sought treatment for painful vascular symptoms in her feet and legs. In January and February 2007, Mrs. Cox’s… Read More »

New expansion of MICRA

By Heiting & Irwin |

I’ve written before about the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). A law introduced in the 1970s which, among other things, capped the general damages (pain and suffering) for medical malpractice cases at $250,000.00. It also shortened the amount of time you have to bring against a medical provider from the standard 2 years… Read More »

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