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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.


By Dennis Stout |

An adverse party cited or charged with a crime, which resulted in personal injury claims for damages, can result in determining an important element of the civil case. Generally, a defendant in a criminal matter may plead guilty or no contest, as opposed to denying the charges. Guilty and no contest pleas can be… Read More »

Federal Tort Claims

By Dennis Stout |

The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) describes the procedure for handling claims against the United States, a government employee, or other governmental entity for a negligent act or omission. The FTCA permits private parties, contrary to the doctrine of Sovereign Immunity, to sue the United States in Federal Court for most torts committed by… Read More »

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE (Retained Foreign Object)

By Dennis Stout |

The typical statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims in California is three (3) years from the date of the injury or one (1) year after the injured party knew or should have known of the existence of the malpractice, whichever is the earlier of the two. There are exceptions to the statute of… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

California rental car companies are getting away with murder. When requesting the rental vehicle, the renter is only asked to provide a “facially valid” driver’s license. The rental car company(s) are not required to ask for confirmation of valid automobile liability insurance, even though it is required of a driver of an automobile. The… Read More »

Catastrophic Injuries and Amputations

By Dennis Stout |

Catastrophic injuries can have devastating consequences on a person’s life. They certainly include amputations, making someone’s life much more difficult, affect their self-image, their physical abilities, and their ability to get or keep jobs or careers; and, of course, they can seriously limit mobility. An amputee may well have a range of psychological and… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

As California begins to open up from the Corona Virus pandemic, people will return to outdoor recreation and sporting activities. In doing so, there is always a chance for injury as either a spectator or participant. If and when any injury were to occur, there is a good chance that the party causing the… Read More »

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 »


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 »

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