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Is California a “Fault” State for Car Insurance Purposes?

By Sara Morgan |

When a California car crash occurs, which driver’s insurance pay for the damages? This is a fundamental question that many car crash injury victims have in the aftermath of a collision. After all, identifying the proper insurance company with which to file a claim, or identifying the party who may be responsible for paying… Read More »

Will My Personal Injury Case Settle?

By James Heiting |

Although television shows and movies glorify dramatic “courtroom battles” between attorneys, the truth is that many personal injury cases are not litigated at all. Instead, it is common for many cases to settle out of court. Settlement agreements usually present both sides of a dispute with advantages over proceeding to a trial before a… Read More »

What is Comparative Negligence?

By Dennis Stout |

California follows what is known as a “pure” comparative fault standard. That allows a plaintiff to recover damages after his or her percentage of fault has been deducted, from the total percentage of fault, of one-hundred percent (100%). Plaintiff can recover damages in the percentage of fault attributable to the defendant’s negligent conduct. The… Read More »

Are Legal Aid Groups at Risk?

By James Heiting |

There are currently (at least) two factors that could put legal aid groups in our State at risk for decreased funding. On the Federal side, President Donald J. Trump appears to have eliminated annual grants for the 11 legal aid non-profit recipients in California in his proposed draft budget for 2018. $43.6 million dollars… Read More »

Time Limits To Make A Claim Can Be Critical

By Sara Morgan |

If a person has been injured (or killed) due to the negligence of another, there are strict time limits that must be met in order to perfect or pursue a claim. Many people think that they will wait to see how things develop and stabilize before doing anything. This can be a serious mistake…. Read More »

The Significance of Being Paid “Under the Table” in Personal Injury Cases

By James Heiting |

One of the elements of damages in a personal injury or wrongful death case is loss of earnings or loss of earning capacity. This is usually proved by a history of earnings, and education and training that would give a jury reasonable basis on which to analyze and project loss of earnings. When somebody… Read More »

We Need More Judges

By James Heiting |

  The California Judicial Council, the body that oversees the courts in our state, reported in October, 2016, that San Bernardino County was 48 judges short of their studied need. Riverside County was just behind at about 47. That means that, between the two counties, we are approximately 95 judges short of what we… Read More »

Do I Have to go to Arbitration?

By Richard Irwin |

“I wanted to go to trial, but the other party says I have to go to arbitration. Is it true?” Many times when you go to a doctor’s office, hospital, medical provider, car dealer, or you enter into a contract for construction, and in many, and growing, areas and concerns, you are asked to… Read More »

What is Arbitration?

By Sara Morgan |

Arbitration is a method of hearing cases and deciding cases that is, generally, an abbreviated proceeding. There is no jury, and the arbitration hearing is conducted by one to three arbitrators. The arbitration may be binding, non-binding, or advisory. An advisory arbitration is usually conducted to give the parties some idea of what will… Read More »

James Heiting Recognized as a Distinguished Lawyer by Expert Network

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Attorney James Heiting of Riverside, California was recently recognized by Expert Network as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on the reviews, ratings and accomplishments he has achieved. Membership into Expert Network cannot merely be purchased, members must be nominated and then pass a multi-stage selection process ending with an interview.  With over 40 years of… Read More »

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