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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.

UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE IN CALIFORNIA

By Dennis Stout |

The State of California requires that all drivers carry minimal automobile liability insurance with bodily injury limits of $15,000.00 per person, $30,000.00 per event, and $5,000.00 in property damage.  The intent behind the California requirement for these minimal liability insurance limits is to protect other drivers/victims from your negligence in the operation of a… Read More »

Medical Malpractice in California: A Medical Professional’s Liability for the Failure to Report Child Abuse

By Dennis Stout |

According to a journal article published by the AMA Journal of Ethics: Health Law, medical professionals are obligated by legal and ethical standards to uphold patient confidentiality. This requirement, however, is not absolute. A patient’s medical record discretion could be breached (ethically) if there is a safety concern over the patient, if there is… Read More »

TAX CONSEQUENCES OF SETTLEMENTS AND JUDGMENTS

By Dennis Stout |

As a plaintiff, you have retained counsel, participated in the litigation process, and have reached a settlement or obtained a judgment against the adverse and responsible party.  At this point, the question of tax consequences is rarely asked or the consequences of money received discussed with counsel.  If there are indeed tax consequences, they… Read More »

Construction Accidents in California

By Dennis Stout |

Construction sites are generally known to be some of the most dangerous places a person works. Building site employees deal with hazardous conditions on a routine basis. Whether a construction worker is building a single-room project for a private homeowner, or is working to develop a large commercial structure, construction workers are exposed to… Read More »

CHALKING TIRES RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL

By Dennis Stout |

The marking of car tires by law enforcement officers has been ruled to be a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.   A Federal Appeals Court in Michigan has ruled the marking of tires is a “trespass” and requires a warrant. The Fourth Amendment protects people from “ unreasonable searches and… Read More »

Medical Malpractice Law: Enforceability of an Arbitration Clause

By Dennis Stout |

An arbitration clause is essentially a written provision within a contract that declares that any disputes between the parties involved will be settled through arbitration instead of through the courts. Most arbitration clauses are included within commercial and business contracts, but for the purposes of this article, we will focus on contracts between medical… Read More »

An Overview of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

By Dennis Stout |

Wrongful death laws are statutory and thus vary from state to state. In California, only specific, enumerated, parties have the legal standing to bring forth a wrongful death claim. Some general examples of those who may make a claim for wrongful death are: The victim’s surviving spouse; The victim’s surviving domestic partner; or The… Read More »

CALIFORNIA FREEWAY DRIVING

By Dennis Stout |

Freeway driving in California can be stressful, considering the speed of vehicles and the presence of large vehicles and semi-trucks.   California has passed laws not only limiting the speed of trucks, but also the lanes of travel that these larger vehicles and trucks are permitted to use. The larger vehicles are generally limited to… Read More »

PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES

By Dennis Stout |

In handling personal injury, medical negligence and Workers’ Compensation cases, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Heiting & Irwin typically deal with both economic and non-economic damages. There is a significant distinction between economic and non-economic damages, as the latter are essentially “invisible” and subject to the interpretation of an adjuster, judge, or… Read More »

Personal Injury Law: Important Facts to Know About Slip and Fall Incidents

By Dennis Stout |

Slip and fall incidents are some of the most usual causes of injuries in the state of California and the nation. Generally, most individuals will not understand the severe complications from a slip and fall incident and the injuries associated with it until they have been personally affected by the event. Moreover, many people… Read More »

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