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Distracted driving leads to…distracted flying?

By Sara Morgan |

Many people have a fear of flying: up to 40% have “some degree of anxiety about flying,” according to aviation psychologist and organizer of the international fear-of-flying conference Dr. Lucas van Gerwen. Nonetheless, most are reassured by the fact that plane crashes are rare and that flying is statistically safer than driving. However, recent… Read More »

SEVEN MISTAKES YOU CAN AVOID WHEN INJURED ON THE JOB – PART 3

By Richard Irwin |

5. IF CONTACTED BY INSURANCE COMPANY – If you are contacted by the insurance carrier (or their investigator) regarding a “statement” that they want to obtain from you – if you are represented, contact your attorney immediately. If you are not represented let the person know that you will be more than willing to… Read More »

DIVORCE: MAKE YOUR EX PAY (for attorneys fees, that is)

By Sara Morgan |

While helping people with their divorces, I frequently hear them say that they had put off moving forward with their split because of the cost involved. What many fail to realize is that California law may provide for a way to pay for their attorney’s fees and costs. In Family Law matters such as… Read More »

WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORK RELATED INJURY

By Richard Irwin |

The general and safe response is that all injuries should be handled the same way, however, that methodology may not be practical in the course of your work day. Any injury that causes you to believe that you need the care of a doctor should be reported immediately. The person(s) that is considered your… Read More »

ARE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS TAXABLE?

By Dennis Stout |

The simple answer to the question regarding the tax consequences of a settlement claim is it all depends on the nature of the settlement! Generally speaking, settlement money received from cases involving personal physical injury or physical sickness can be excluded from taxation (IRS Code sect. 104(a)(2)). Certain other types of settlement awards, (considering… Read More »

IS THE EMPLOYER RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURIES THAT OCCUR ON THE WAY TO OR FROM A MEDICAL APPOINTMENT?

By Richard Irwin |

An employer bears the risk of incurring compensability liability under the California Workers’ Compensation Act for an injury suffered in route to or from a medical appointment related to an existing compensable injury. If an employee suffers a new injury while traveling a reasonable distance, to or from a medical appointment for an existing… Read More »

NOT IN MY CAR: WHY THE REPAIR SHOP WILL BE LIABLE FOR A JOY RIDE

By Sara Morgan |

A coffee-run to my local Starbucks (Brockton and Arlington) prompted my last article about the liability of an automotive repair or service shop for damage to a vehicle left in its care. Since posting my last article, I am happy to report that I have not seen any other mechanics using customer’s cars to… Read More »

BEWARE OF EXCLUSIONS IN AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICIES

By Dennis Stout |

Heiting & Irwin My office was recently contacted by a young woman on a clear liability, rear-end automobile accident. She was driving “her” vehicle (one of many insured by the family) and she assumed she was an insured driver. Wanting to immediately obtain a replacement vehicle (rental car) she contacted “her” insurance company, only… Read More »

YOUR RIGHT TO COUNSEL in CIVIL PROCEEDINGS

By Dennis Stout |

Heiting & Irwin You have likely heard or read on multiple occasions, the expression “you have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you…” (known as the Miranda warning). These are some of the rights of an individual charged with a crime. Criminals,… Read More »

Injured on the Job? File for State Disability Benefits!

By Richard Irwin |

For the majority of the California Workers’ Compensation injury claims there is now a 104 week limit for temporary total disability – compensation payments made to an injured worker while unable to work because of the injury. This benefit is paid based upon two-thirds of an employees’ average weekly wage (up to certain state… Read More »

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