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Why Is My Attorney Telling Me to Accept an Amount Less Than My Medical Bills?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

You’ve been injured in a car accident and incurred thousands of dollars worth of medical bills. Plus, you’ve spent countless hours in doctors’ offices, missed work and suffered physically, mentally and emotionally due to the incident. You believe that you’re entitled to having all your medical expenses, as well as additional expenses, covered. You… 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 »

Important Factors to Consider When Seeking to File an Uninsured Motorist Claim

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

California law requires all vehicles driven in the state carry a minimum amount of insurance or “financial responsibility.” Despite this requirement, there is always the possibility of being involved in an auto accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist. If you or someone you know has recently been involved in an auto accident with… Read More »

Causes of Pharmaceutical Error and Malpractice

By James Heiting |

Every day, thousands of prescriptions get filled by professional pharmacists. This could be at your primary care, at a hospital or even your local drug store.  While most prescriptions may be filled correctly, mistakes are unfortunately inevitable.  Faulty prescriptions may have devastating and long lasting consequences. These errors may leave one with lifelong, debilitating… Read More »

CAREGIVER-PATIENT ABUSE: THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL

By Sara Morgan |

The breaking news today that a suspect had been identified and arrested for the “sexual assault” of an incapacitated patient at an Arizona long-term care facility brought a flood of emotions and questions. Of course, it is relieving to know that this predator*, posing as a caregiver, was apprehended.  However, there are many other… Read More »

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT…. YOUR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE (PART 4)

By Richard Irwin |

COMPENSATION PAYMENT RECORD   Keep a careful WRITTEN RECORD OF ANY COMPENSATION PAYMENTS you receive and the period covered by each payment.  In the event of future delays or problems it may be useful to keep the check stub in the envelope that the check came in and write on it the date the… Read More »

An Overview on Wrongful Death Claims

By Richard Irwin |

When an individual passes away suddenly due to the negligence of another, the victim’s survivors may have the opportunity to bring forth a wrongful death lawsuit. The following is a brief overview on wrongful death claims. Understanding a Wrongful Death Claim A wrongful death claim may arise when a victim has died due to… Read More »

LEARNING TO LISTEN “RIGHT”

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 »

Rideshare Accidents: What You Need to Know

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Uber and Lyft are more popular than ever, and more people are opting to support local drivers rather than big name taxi companies. While this is certainly great for small businesses and individual drivers, it does increase the risk of liability for these companies, as well as for individuals. Unfortunately, though ridesharing services may… Read More »

How are Pedestrian Accidents Settled?

By Richard Irwin |

When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the victim is not likely to walk away without a few cuts, bruises, and serious injuries. Vehicles are much larger, and much heavier than the human body, so any sort of impact, no matter how slight, may result in serious and long-term injuries or death. The… Read More »

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