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By Sara Morgan |

In the realm of personal injury litigation in California, the effect of the pandemic will be most harshly felt by plaintiffs, the parties that suffer physical and financial harms as a result of another’s negligence.  Also sometimes referred to as “claimants” or “victims”, plaintiffs bear the burden of showing proof of these harms to… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

Amongst the various aspects of our legal practice that have been impacted by the prevalence of the Covid virus also falls the activities involved with accepting new clients.  Commonly referred to in the legal community as “intakes”, this process of accepting new cases at our office typically involved a real life, face-to-face meeting between… Read More »

What to Do If You’re Injured at a Park

By James Heiting |

This year has been especially tough for everyone. COVID-19 has flipped people’s worlds upside down, and now they are mostly staying at home and going only to local places for fun and recreation. Since many summer camps shut down this summer, schools haven’t been in session for months and people can’t do their normal… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

As with most aspects of life, even the investigations of personal injury lawsuits have been impacted by the effects of the pandemic.  The impact has been especially poignant in the areas of investigation involving the highest degree of personal contact. Although the offices of Heiting & Irwin have remained operational since the State of… Read More »

Primary Assumption of the Risk and Off Leash Dogs

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

An interesting case was recently heard by the Court of Appeal which dealt with primary assumption of the risk and a person injured at a park that allowed dogs to roam “off leash.” In Wolf v. Weber, the plaintiff was injured when an off leash dog collided with her, knocking her to the ground. … Read More »

Corona Virus and the Mediation Process

By Dennis Stout |

The Corona virus pandemic has caused significant delays in judicial proceedings, especially trials in pending cases. The lack of trials as an ultimate resolution to a case has led to increased opportunity for mediation/settlement procedures; however, the process of remote or on-line mediation/settlement conferences is still evolving. One of the primary concerns in remote… Read More »

Pet Therapy Volunteer Not an Employee of Kaiser Permanente for the Purposes of Vicarious Liability

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In a recent case, the plaintiffs’ son was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a Kaiser Permanente pet therapist as the therapist was driving home from the facility where he was volunteering. Plaintiff parents sued defendant hospital for the acts of its volunteer pet therapist under the theory of respondeat… Read More »

Even If It’s Not Me

By Richard Irwin |

If you have sustained a work-related injury of any significance, take the time to talk to an attorney who handles workers’ compensation cases–preferably a California State Bar Certified Specialist. Certainly it’s easy for an attorney to recommend getting an attorney to help you with your case because, after all, don’t they make money doing… Read More »

How to Avoid COVID-19 Liability in Your Business

By James Heiting |

The COVID-19 crisis has caused massive issues for business owners. Businesses may have had to shut down for a certain period of time and, when they reopened, couldn’t fulfill all their functions. For instance, many restaurants are allowed to be open, but for takeout and outdoor dining only in certain states. Some stores have… Read More »

Brain Injuries and Lifelong Treatment

By Sara Morgan |

If someone you love was in a catastrophic accident, they may have suffered a form of brain injury.  Now it’s taking a devastating toll on their quality of life – as well as your own –and you feel like you have nowhere to turn for help. You want to make sure that they are… Read More »

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