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What’s the Difference between a Free Consultation and Free Legal Advice?

By Heiting & Irwin |

Our office receives many inquires every day from prospective clients. Many are severely ill or injured. These clients are often looking for an attorney to tell them what to do. Many are in a state of crisis and certainly need help. They want legal advice and answers now. It’s always difficult to explain to… Read More »

Expert Testimony – Proving Causation in a Medical Malpractice Case

By Heiting & Irwin |

The plaintiff must usually rely on expert medical testimony to prove the element of causation in a medical malpractice case unless the issue is clear to even a lay person, e.g., the physicians accidentally amputated the wrong foot, or a pair of surgical scissors is left in the abdomen after an operation. Because of… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Law and the Exclusive Remedy Rule: the Five Exceptions

By Heiting & Irwin |

While the workers’ compensation system provides medical care and disability benefits, injured workers do not get monetary compensation for pain and suffering. Nor does workers’ compensation provide damages for past or future wage loss, loss of earning capacity, or loss of consortium for the spouse of the injured worker. These are significant items of… Read More »

COLLEGE STUDENTS BEWARE!

By Heiting & Irwin |

It is always a difficult task to find liability of a third party or entity for the unanticipated criminal conduct or actions of another. The reason for this is the very premise that the conduct is not known to or anticipated by the party. The 2nd District Court of Appeal has now taken this… Read More »

DON’T ASSUME THAT A “VOLUNTEER” IS NOT AN EMPLOYEE FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFIT PURPOSES

By Heiting & Irwin |

All “volunteers” are not denied employment status and entitlement to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Although, volunteers generally are not considered employees and are, therefore, not entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits if injured–there are certain types of volunteers that are afforded employee status for workers’ compensation coverage purposes under California law. For example, some of the… Read More »

ANOTHER WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT FILED OVER PAUL WALKER CRASH

By Heiting & Irwin |

News broke recently that another lawsuit has arisen from the tragic automobile accident involving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that claimed the life of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in November 2013 in the Santa Clarita area northwest of Los Angeles. In or around May 2013, the widow of the driver of the Porsche,… Read More »

October Community Events in Riverside, California

By Heiting & Irwin |

At Heiting & Irwin Attorneys At Law, our attorneys enjoy spending time with their families and we encourage our staff to do the same as much as possible. While we are dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional legal services when they are suffering from physical, emotional, and financial damages after being injured because… Read More »

American Museum of Tort Law Opens in Connecticut

By Heiting & Irwin |

Ralph Nader, American political activist, Presidential candidate, and successful consumer rights attorney, has opened a museum – a Tort Law Museum. The American Museum of Tort Law is located in Winstead, Connecticut and aims to educate visitors on the evolution of tort lawand featuring exhibits from some of the most groundbreaking cases of the… Read More »

ARE YOU REALLY AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?

By Heiting & Irwin |

If you are injured while performing services or completing a job for another person or company do not assume you are an independent contractor–and, therefore, not entitled to the benefits available to employees under the California Workers’ Compensation System. In certain circumstances, individuals injured “on the job” will receive a letter from their “employer”… Read More »

PRIVACY: LIMITING THE SACRIFICES OF INJURED PEOPLE

By Heiting & Irwin |

In today’s modern social-media rich environment, it has become increasingly important to manage one’s personal and private information in order to protect against identity theft, fraud, and the like. As participants in a lawsuit, plaintiffs and defendants alike are often required to disclose a great deal of personal information, including financial and medical documents,… Read More »

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