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Police Fault Tennis Star in Fatal Crash; Wrongful Death Suit May be Next

By Richard Irwin |

Famous tennis star Venus Williams was allegedly declared to be at fault in a Florida car wreck that took the life of an elderly man. Now the family is bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against Ms. Williams and seeking compensation for their losses. Had this wreck occurred in California, the ending of the story… 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 Necessity of Marriage for Heterosexual Couples who wish to Pursue Wrongful Death in California

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

The ability to sue for wrongful death in California is entirely statutory. As a result, you can only bring an action for the wrongful death of a loved one if you find yourself in the statutorily defined categories. At present, California law treats same-sex couples differently that it does heterosexual couples, when it comes… Read More »

Basics of Wrongful Death Cases in California

By Richard Irwin |

Personal injury incidents are never pleasant events, and neither are they always events from which the victim can walk away. Some personal injury accidents result in fatal injuries to the victim, most often the result of head trauma, spinal cord injuries, falls, and/or blood loss from cuts, lacerations, and/or amputations. When a fatal personal… Read More »

What Makes a Personal Injury “Catastrophic”?

By Dennis Stout |

At Heiting & Irwin, our practice is dedicated to helping victims of catastrophic personal injury accidents recover compensation for their injuries. However, “catastrophic” is an ambiguous adjective; what one person considers to be “catastrophic” may not meet another person’s definition. Even amongst personal injury attorneys there is no universally-accepted definition of what constitutes a… Read More »

YES, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

By Heiting & Irwin |

PART III: PHOTOCOPIES WITHIN 15 CALENDAR DAYS In my prior posts, I discussed that you actually have multiple laws that entitle you to your medical records, and if you live in California, the Patient Access to Health Records Act is a state law that provides“access to health care records or summaries of those records… Read More »

YES, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

By Heiting & Irwin |

PART II: Physical Inspection of Records Within 5 Working Days In the original post, I discussed that you actually have multiple laws that entitle you to your medical records. If you live in California, for example, you may have heard of “PAHRA” (the Patient Access to Health Records Act), which is a state law… Read More »

WHAT IS CALIFORNIA’S “GOOD SAMARITAN” LAW?

By Heiting & Irwin |

In the State of California, there is no duty requiring one person to assist another in an emergency situation. If an individual does determine to help another, the “Good Samaritan” Law states that there is no civil liability for doing so, or for the outcome of such efforts as long as the conduct was… Read More »

YES, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

By Heiting & Irwin |

(The following is being provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute, nor substitute for, personalized legal advice.) Well, actually, you have rights (plural) to your medical records. Where you live, or where you have treated, can have an impact on what your rights actually are. Most people have heard of “HIPAA” (the… Read More »

BYSTANDER EMOTIONAL DISTRESS IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES

By Heiting & Irwin |

Patient’s Close Relatives Can Recover for Witnessing Medical Negligence Sometimes, doctors (and other medical professionals) make noticeable mistakes when caring for patients, mistakes that the common person, lacking any medical training, is capable of recognizing. For those situations, some family members and other close relations make seek recovery for the mental and emotional trauma… Read More »

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