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Dennis Stout is a native Californian with significant ties to the Inland Empire, where he continues to reside. A graduate of Upland High School, the University of California, Riverside (B.S. Economics), and the University of La Verne (J.D.), Mr. Stout has practiced law continuously since 1979. He has been married to his wife, Alicia (R.N., C.E.N., M.I.C.N.) since that same year, and they have three adult children, all of whom live in Southern California. View Attorney Dennis Stout's Attorney Bio Here.

Big Rigs Taking Over California Freeways

By Dennis Stout |

Has anyone noticed the abundance of big rigs/commercial vehicles on our local California freeways? The abundance of these commercial vehicles has much to do with the construction of warehouses in close proximity or to freeways and airports for convenience of transportation of products. As such, there seems to be a greater number of these… Read More »

What to Do If You Get Into a Bicycle Accident in the Park

By Dennis Stout |

You were recently riding your bike in the park when you were injured in a crash; now you’re wondering what to do. Should you initiate a lawsuit? How does the legal process work? And who is going to help you with your case, anyway? Heiting & Irwin are here for you in your time… Read More »

DO I HAVE A VALID MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM?

By Dennis Stout |

In order to effectively evaluate any potential medical negligence claim, you should first consult with an experienced attorney in the field of medical negligence.  The initial consultation should include a detailed history of the events leading up to the alleged negligent conduct as well as the end result.  Remember, a poor result or bad… Read More »

Who Is at Fault in a Multi-Car Accident?

By Dennis Stout |

When another car crashes into you unexpectedly, you know that it’s likely the other driver’s fault. If you get hurt, they may have to pay for your damages including your medical bills, lost wages, general damages (pain and suffering) and repairs for your vehicle. However, when a multi-car accident occurs, who is at fault?… Read More »

Who Can File for Wrongful Death Without a Spouse and Kids?

By Dennis Stout |

Typically, when a wrongful death occurs, a spouse or children will file a lawsuit against the responsible party. However, when the person who passed away has no spouse or children, it can become a little less clear as to who, if anybody, has the legal right to file the lawsuit. If you are looking… Read More »

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE, BATTERY OR BOTH?

By Dennis Stout |

As the law in California is presently constituted, recovery of damages for medical negligence is limited to general (non-economic damages) in the amount of $250,000.00, plus, any additional economic or special damages. Economic damages would include, but are not limited to future medical expenses and/or loss of earnings/loss of earning capacity. But what happens… Read More »

Employees Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine?

By Dennis Stout |

Although for most of us, it will be some time in the future before we can receive the Covid-19 vaccination, we must ask ourselves if we must be vaccinated to keep our jobs? Historically, vaccinations have been required at work places, schools and daycare centers for other medical conditions/issues. What about now? On December… Read More »

MICRA ON 2022 BALLOT

By Dennis Stout |

In 1975, then Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA). MICRA placed a limit of $250,000.00 on non-economic damages, so called “pain and suffering” damages in actions filed for medical negligence. Since 1975 there have been multiple attempts to modify the law, to increase the potential damages for… Read More »

CAN I GET EMERGENCY ROOM CARE AND TREATMENT?

By Dennis Stout |

In many instances, an injured person’s first contact with the medical aspect of a personal injury or medical malpractice case is through the emergency room at a local private or public hospital.  Whether the patient presents with or without insurance, with or without identification, or with or without funds to pay for medical services,… Read More »

DISCOVERABILITY OF WITNESS STATEMENTS

By Dennis Stout |

Witness interviews are an important part of the investigation by attorneys or their staff in the evaluation and presentation of evidence.  Generally, witness statements will be protected from disclosure to the adverse party if the material discovered reveals an attorney’s impression, conclusions, opinions, or legal research.  Code of Civil Procedure §2018.030 sets forth the… Read More »

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