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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.

Waiver of Liability

By Dennis Stout |

With the weather warming up and many people heading outdoors to participate in recreational activities, the subject of liability or responsibility for injury arises. In many activities, one must sign a liability waiver just to participate in the activity. In other activities, particularly spectator situations, a waiver is included in the price of admission… Read More »

A Summer Toy Injured My Child: Now What?

By Dennis Stout |

Summertime is when you and your children like to kick back, relax, and have some fun. Some of your kids’ favorite activities include playing with their summer toys. Perhaps they like to float on a pool toy, squirt their friends with water guns, or go on the Slip ‘N Slide. While all of these… Read More »

EVEN UNSUPERVISED ACTS FALL WITHIN MICRA

By Dennis Stout |

Yet another blow has been delivered to injured persons and to the legal community as it applies to the non-economic cap of damages in California under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act. In February of this year, the California Supreme Court ruled that the State’s cap on non-economic damages applies to losses and damages… Read More »

Legionnaires’ Disease

By Dennis Stout |

Legionnaires’ Disease is a type of pneumonia or lung infection caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ Disease is generally contracted when individuals breathe in particles contained with the Legionella bacteria. Generally, Legionnaires’ Disease presents symptoms similar to other respiratory infections, but without proper treatment, can be fatal. Individuals with pulmonary or respiratory comorbidities, and elderly,… Read More »

What Happens If You Get Injured at an Outdoor Shopping Mall?

By Dennis Stout |

California is home to some of the best weather in the world, which means that you can be outdoors nearly every single day of the year. That’s why outdoor malls are so popular here. However, while they are fun, they can also pose a number of risks. It’s important to learn about what happens… Read More »

Suing a Driver Under the Influence for Personal Injury

By Dennis Stout |

When someone is caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they could face criminal charges in the form of a DUI. However, if they injured you while they were under the influence, then you could take them to court and sue them for personal injury. Damages, including damages to punish them (punitive… Read More »

HOV Lane Guidelines

By Dennis Stout |

High occupancy lane(s) or “HOV” lanes (sometimes also described as car pool lanes) are restricted to use by vehicles with greater than one occupant. It is illegal for single occupant vehicles to use the HOV lane(s) for travel, and most definitely for passing other vehicles! Single occupancy vehicles should not cross over the solid… Read More »

Steps to Take if You Slip and Fall in a Retail Store

By Dennis Stout |

Slipping, tripping, and falling in a retail store can be much more serious than it sounds. You could suffer from a severe injury under certain conditions and end up needing extensive medical care in order to recover. If you take certain steps if you fall in a retail store, then you’ll be much more… Read More »

USE OF EXPERTS IN MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES

By Dennis Stout |

Under the law in California, and practically every other state or jurisdiction, proof of liability (negligence) against a healthcare provider requires expert testimony regarding both the applicable standard of care and causation of the negligent act to the injury. In most cases, an expert will be retained in the same, or very similar field… Read More »

RES IPSA LOQUITUR

By Dennis Stout |

“Res Ipsa Loquitur” is a doctrine used to prove negligence based upon circumstantial evidence in tort (injury) cases. The res ipsa doctrine is basically a presumption that “the thing speaks for itself,” and allows a judge or jury to deduce negligence where there is no other reasonable explanation for what has occurred. The three… Read More »

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