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By Debbie Beals, Paralegal |

Part of the work that we do on Heiting & Irwin’s Workers’ Compensation team includes helping the injured worker understand the steps involved in the process of the ever-changing Workers’ Compensation system.  As I pass my 21st year working as a Worker’s Compensation paralegal, I realize one of the most important skills I have… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

The news that an Uber self-driving car had killed an Arizona pedestrian raises a few important areas of inquiry for purposes of personal injury matters.  There are multiple different factors involved in determining the cause of an injury or death in a civil lawsuit. Reports indicate the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

Effective January 1, 2018, many new laws have come into effect in the State of California.  In the practice of personal injury litigation, attorneys deal with not only issues of liability, causation and damages, but also peripheral issues including the laws of driving under the influence.  It is common knowledge of the illegality of… Read More »

California Supreme Court Rules Universities/Colleges Owe Students a Duty of Care to Protect them from Foreseeable Violence During Curricular Activities

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

A surprising new case from the Supreme Court of California holds that, under the special relationship doctrine, Colleges and Universities owe students a duty of care to protect them from “foreseeable violence during curricular activities.” The Case is Regents of the University of California v. Superior Court (2018) 2018 Cal. LEXIS 1971. The case… Read More »


By Robin Steele, Paralegal to Richard H. Irwin |

In the event you suffer a work-related injury, first on your mind is securing medical treatment as well as financial compensation to pay for lost wages should your doctor’s reporting indicate that you are temporarily disabled.  To obtain these benefits, you will be working with a claims adjuster assigned to your case by your… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

Under California law, children under the age of 18 (referred to as “minors”), are required to have their personal injury monetary settlements approved by the appropriate Court. A guardian ad litem (a person to investigate what solutions would be in the “best interests of a child”), is appointed by the Court to proceed with… Read More »

Owner of Parking Lot not Liable for Damages Which are Not “Foreseeable”

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In August of 2013, Mr. Sakai was in the parking lot of a Union 76 station, attempting to get food from a Taco truck that was set up on the premises, having leased the right to do so from the owners of the Union 76 station.  Because the parking lot was full of people… Read More »

The Repercussions of Distracted Driving

By James Heiting |

Technology developments are causing major problems for motorists everywhere, which is typically not the intended purpose when a new system or software is rolled out. In just the few instants it takes to look over a text message, vehicle-installed touch screen devices or even using a GPS, motorists enter the so-called distracted driving zone…. Read More »

What Constitutes a Wrongful Death Case, and Other Elements to Consider

By Richard Irwin |

The passing of someone you care about can be one of the most difficult experiences to endure. The trauma is magnified when the death of your loved one could have been prevented, or worse, was caused by the negligence of another individual, establishment, or entity. Common Causes of a Wrongful Death There are several… Read More »

Work-Related Injuries in Moreno Valley’s Booming Warehouse-Driven Economy

By Sara Morgan |

Moreno Valley is undisputedly one of Inland Empire’s fastest growing economies. With the rise of warehouse facilities across the city, there is a demand for skilled laborers. Due to their very nature, warehouse industry jobs require both body strength and high levels of concentration. Many warehouse environments are commonly dangerous workplaces. Warehouse employees, frequently… Read More »

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