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Mr. Irwin is a recognized specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. He has been certified as a specialist by the State Bar of California since 1995. He limits his practice to handling only workers’ compensation cases. View Attorney Richard Irwin's Attorney Bio Here.

Understanding Your Rights After a Construction Accident

By Richard Irwin |

Under the current economic climate, the construction industry is booming. Construction projects are everywhere, from freeways to home building, construction sites are all around us. While most construction workers will easily tell you that there are many risks associated with their line of work, you should know that being injured while working is not… Read More »

Fight For Your Rights After Your Child Has Been Exposed To Lead Poisoning in California

By Richard Irwin |

It can be devastating for any parent to learn that his or her child’s cognitive disabilities were a result of a preventable, and often undiscovered cause: lead paint poisoning. Unfortunately, lead poisoning is a leading contributor to health problems affecting children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead poisoning is affecting… Read More »

Understanding a Medical Lien in a Personal Injury Claim

By Richard Irwin |

Unbeknownst to many, state and federal agencies, hospitals, and even health insurance companies can assert a claim against a person’s personal injury financial recovery. Individuals that have suffered injuries as a result of the negligence of another have the legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in effort of recovering damages for the… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

This can be a very complex issue, so we will just touch on the basics in this blog. If you are already a Medicare beneficiary or are likely to become one within the next thirty (30) months, it is worthwhile to look into a lump sum settlement whereby you accept a greater sum of… Read More »

A General Overview of Indemnity Agreements

By Richard Irwin |

One of the core principles of tort law involves holding parties accountable for any damage they cause. California has adopted legislation that reduces some of this law to contractual to “indemnification”. Civil Code Section 2772, describes that indemnity is outlined as a contract established by one party (indemnitor) to protect another (indemnitee) from the… Read More »

Metrolink and Other Train Accidents in the State of California

By Richard Irwin |

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there are an estimated 3,000 train-involved accidents each year. Approximately 1,000 of those accidents result in death. Perhaps unexpectedly, transportation via railroad is not always safe even though it has historically been seen as a safe method of commuting, as opposed to driving or other methods of travel…. Read More »

Injury in the Workplace: Can I File a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

By Richard Irwin |

If you are employed in the State of California, it is likely that recovery for any workplace injuries are limited to the workers’ compensation system. This means that, in most circumstances, you will not be able to file a lawsuit against your employer in a California court. As an employee in California, it is… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

From my perspective the Workers’ Compensation system is broken – at least with respect to obtaining timely and necessary medical care.  Without going into detail exactly why that is the case, as I had dealt with this issue in a previous blog, I want to make sure you don’t give up on the system…. Read More »

Death Benefits,Things You Should Know (Part III)

By Richard Irwin |

As a follow-up to parts I & II of this subject, the extent of dependency, whether total or partial, is very significant issue in death cases as it affects the amount that the “dependent” will receive under the law based upon that classification. Most of the time, this is determined by first seeing if… Read More »

Casualty in the Workplace: Workers’ Compensation Benefits vs. Wrongful Death Claims

By Richard Irwin |

Anyone can experience an accident at a workplace at any time and some lines of work are naturally more dangerous than others. Even so, we have to examine the facts of each individual event to determine the proper cause of action for the victim’s loved ones. In some cases, accidents can occur that tragically… Read More »

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