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Electrical Safety: Take these precautions to reduce injury risks at home and work

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and a time to raise awareness on steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss — at work and at home. Did you know that the United States sees nearly 200 electrical-related fatalities per year, according to Occupational Safety and ...
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More bicycles are on our roadways during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more accidents (how to stay safe)

With the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis restricting much of everyday life, limiting movement to essential trips for food and medicine and a daily outings for exercise, bikes have emerged as savior for many. Bicycles have become a welcome tool for this pandemic as a way to quickly get around and get exercise while staying a safe ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark discusses COVID-19 outbreak at local skilled nursing facility, and how to protect loved ones

A local skilled nursing facility is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak affecting staff and residents alike, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles spoke with media on what people can do to protect their loved ones. Kingston Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility in southwest Bakersfield, has reported 70 positive cases of the novel coronavirus as of ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles selected into ‘Best Law Firm’ category in 2020 Best of Kern County poll

Each year, Kern County nominates, votes on, and chooses the best restaurants, shops, services and people in our community through The Bakersfield Californian‘s “Best of Kern County” Readers’ Choice Poll. And each year since the category was introduced, Kern County selects Chain | Cohn | Stiles into the “Best Law Firm” category. This year is ...
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Seeking justice, inspiring hope, sharing stories for 2020 ‘Crime Victims’ Rights Week’

This week — April 19-25 — is Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which promotes victims’ rights and services available to crime victims. Locally, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office each year hosts a march, speeches, and vigils to mark the occasion. That, of course, is not possible in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic taking place. But ...
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Dog bite prevention during the pandemic, and beyond

With more people taking walks around their neighborhoods and exercising outdoors to take a break from stay-at-home life during the conoravirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to be aware of potential dangers while outside. And that includes dangerous dogs or other animals roaming our streets. This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, aimed ...
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New mobile app gives Kern County residents free resources, immediate access to Chain | Cohn | Stiles

More than half a century ago, Chain | Cohn | Stiles pioneered “Group Law Services” to provide quality legal help for working people in Kern County, especially those who belong to local credit unions, labor unions and service organizations. Institutions who partner with the law firm include Alta One Federal Credit Union, California Correctional Peace ...
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How personal injury and workers’ compensation systems work together

Note: Veteran workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro recently spoke at the Kern County Paralegal Association luncheon about the relationship between workers’ compensation law and personal injury law. Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm focuses on only personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Below is a portion of Yoro’s presentation. ——— If you have been ...
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Coronavirus and the workplace: Benefits available to help impacted workers in California

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to affect all aspects of everyday life in our country, including workplaces. Businesses across the United States are temporarily closing or asking employees to work from home to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. In Kern County, many are still being asked to go to work, while other workers ...
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New state Assembly Bill targets street racing, increasing penalties for dangerous activity

Outrage had been building in Bakersfield over widespread incidents of street racing, and it reached a boiling point after an alleged street racing crash killed a Bakersfield woman and injured two children riding with her in a minivan. The issue hits close to home for Chain | Cohn | Stiles, which is representing one of ...
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Pedestrian deaths reach 30-year high in the U.S. with California, Kern County seeing alarming accident rates

Pedestrian deaths in the United States have hit a 30-year high, according to new data, and California is seeing a jump in death rates that are well above national averages. In fact, pedestrian deaths in California jumped 12% in the first half of last year, well above the national average increase of 3%, according to ...
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‘Judicial emergency’ results in lack of justice for Kern County residents

The Central Valley’s federal district court has instituted a “judicial emergency” order due to a shortage of judges, and thousands of Kern County residents — including clients of Chain | Cohn | Stiles — are being left with a feeling of injustice. Federal Judge Dale A. Drozd of the U.S. Eastern District Court of California, ...
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BTuff Magazine Interview: Attorney Matt Clark and the importance of Kern County’s oil industry

To say the gas and petroleum industries are important for Kern County is an understatement. In fact, California produces more oil than all but three other states (Texas, North Dakota and Alaska), and Kern County is responsible for more than 80 percent of California’s oil production, according to a Duke University study. So as proposed ...
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California ranked 4th worst state to drive in the United States, according to report

Have you had a bad driving experience lately? Well, you may not be alone. California has been named the fourth worst state to drive in the United States, according to a new report from WalletHub, a personal finance and information website. WalletHub compared driving experiences across all 50 states to help drivers identify the states ...
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New state law gives sexual assault, abuse victims more time to seek justice

The new year brings with it a new law in California allowing victims of childhood sexual assault more time to file lawsuits, and seek justice. Assembly Bill 218 gives victims of childhood sexual abuse either until age 40 or five years from discovery of the abuse to file civil lawsuits. The previous limit had been ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles launches unique scholarship to support a new generation of young drivers in Kern County

The application period for the scholarship has ended. Please tune in to chainlaw.com in January 2021 for more scholarship opportunities. El período para aplicar para la beca ha terminado. Visite abogadosenbakersfield.com en Enero 2021 para más oportunidades de becas. ——— Chain | Cohn | Stiles launches unique scholarship to support a new generation of young ...
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‘Bored in Bakersfield’ show, Chain | Cohn | Stiles visit famous Wool Growers Restaurant

It’s a place where Chain | Cohn | Stiles founder Morris Chain and other attorneys at the law firm dined often. Today, Wool Growers Restaurant continues to be a Basque staple in Bakersfield. In fact, photos of Chain and other veterans of the firm still hang on the restaurant walls, and a sandwich on the ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles names two new law firm partners

For Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the New Year brought about an end, and a beginning. It was the end of the law firm’s 85-year anniversary (Morris Chain founded the firm in 1934), which was commemorated with videos, giveaways, and history-focused media in local publications. Catch up on all the anniversary recognitions at bit.ly/chainlaw85. But ...
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New year, new laws for California drivers, police, bicyclist, and more

The New Year brings new laws to California. For 2020, several new laws will affect roadway safety starting Jan. 1, including increased distracted driving penalties, peace officer use of deadly force, bicycle turning movements at intersections, wildlife salvage permits, and motor carrier permit rules. The following laws are relevant for Chain | Cohn | Stiles ...
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Holiday season a time for giving (and some local organizations you can support, too)

♫ “It’s the most charitable time of the year” ♫ The holidays are a time for giving. In fact, about 34 percent of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year, and of those donations, about 18 percent are given in December alone. Nonprofits that benefit the most from the ...
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How a legendary local lawyer helped a young man in need, who then paid him back 60 years later

Over its 85-year history, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has seen and heard countless inspirational stories from the people of Kern County, who visit the law office for assistance during what is typically their time of greatest need. The story of Kenneth Cannon is no different. Back in 2015, 87-year-old Cannon visited the law office ...
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Driving in drizzle: 12 tips for navigating safely in the rain (Rule 1: slow down!)

With rain making its way into the Central Valley, the rich soil is getting a vital ingredient that helps grow the crops to feed our country. But, the water sprinkles are also landing on our roadways, creating dangerous driving conditions. Rain is directly associated with higher accident rates. In fact, out of the nearly 6 ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney awarded MADD Southern California ‘Pursuit of Justice Award’

Chain | Cohn | Stiles senior partner and attorney Matt Clark was the recent recipient of the “Pursuit of Justice Award” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Southern California. Below is the press release announcing the award.  ——— Two Bakersfield-based institutions received awards during Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 2019 “Tie One On for Safety” Gala Awards ...
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Study: Number of people killed by red light runners hits a 10-year high (and how to prevent crashes)

We all learned the rules as children: green light means go, yellow light means slow, and perhaps most importantly, red means stop. Unfortunately, adults seem to be forgetting that lesson. The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, according to a study by Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA). ...
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‘Bored in Bakersfield’ show highlights Chain | Cohn | Stiles historic ‘haunted’ building

Downtown Bakersfield is full of history, and the Chain | Cohn | Stiles building in the heart of downtown is no exception. In fact, since 1870, the southwest corner of 18th Street and Chester Avenue in downtown Bakersfield — where the law firm calls home now — has been home to various local businesses including ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles ranked in 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Law Firms’

The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report. Law firms included in “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers,” according to U.S. News ...
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‘Real People, Real Results’: Clients reunite with their attorneys to share life-changing experience

For the 85th anniversary of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we reunited clients with the attorneys who helped them following life-changing accidents, and interviewed them on camera about their experience. The result was a new video series titled “Real People. Real Results.” In the videos, one client provides a testimonial about her experience in hiring ...
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Teen drivers, school buses the focus of safety awareness weeks

Our children’s safety can be one of the most important focuses in our lives, which makes two national observances this week especially vital. This week in the United States we are observing “School Bus Safety Week” and “Teen Driver Safety Week.” Learn safety tips, statistics, and other important information about these observances below. “Our children’s safety ...
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Driving while high on THC? Here’s what you should know

Marijuana today has become mainstream as voters across the United States approve ballot measures for legalization and medical use. In fact, cannabis is now legal for recreational use in 10 states (including California) and the District of Columbia, and nearly three dozen states have cleared the use of medical cannabis. As legalization continues to expand, ...
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News investigation highlights cost of school employee ‘administrative leave’ in Chain | Cohn | Stiles civil lawsuits

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Kern High School District had five employees who faced allegations involving sexually inappropriate behavior, including alleged suspects in Chain | Cohn | Stiles civil lawsuits. Eyewitness News, in an investigation, found that those employees, put on administrative leave while they were being investigated for sex crimes, earned a combined ...
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MADD Kern County’s sixth ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’ – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – raises $60,000 to fight against DUI crimes

Kern County came together Saturday morning at the Park at River Walk to support victims of DUI crashes, call for an end of drunk and drugged driving, and raise more than $60,000 in the process. The sixth annual Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – is ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles sponsors scholarships during annual ‘El Grito’ ceremony in downtown Bakersfield

Hundreds came together on Sept. 15 at the Liberty Bell in front of Kern County Superior Court to celebrate the annual “El Grito de Dolores,” a major celebration in Mexico that marks the country’s fight for independence against Spanish rule. The evening included folkloric dancers, mariachi and banda music groups, and a scholarship recognition ceremony ...
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Sixth Bakersfield ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’ presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Each year, too many innocent people die in Kern County from crashes caused by people who choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Those local lives lost – plus hundreds more injured and thousands of friends and families – are affected from this 100 percent preventable crime. In fact, Kern County is ...
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Work injury lawyer James Yoro provides insight for cancer cases involving former refinery workers

Editor’s Note: Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation lawyer James Yoro provided advice and legal insight in the local cases involving the Mohawk Refinery in Bakersfield, and workers who may have been exposed to cancer causing materials. Trusts have been set up to distribute fund to those who either worked at or are related ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles featured in Bakersfield Life Magazine

Chain | Cohn | Stiles was recently highlighted in Bakersfield Life Magazine, which included the law firm’s partners — David Cohn, Matt Clark and Jim Yoro — being featured on the cover of the magazine. You can read the magazine article focused on the law firm below, or view the article in the magazine version ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners David Cohn, James Yoro selected into 2020 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ publication

For the third year in a row, two veteran attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America program, the oldest and among the most respected attorney ranking services in the world. David K. Cohn, managing partner at the law firm, was selected once again into the personal ...
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What you need to know about Valley Fever in Kern County

Last year, California experienced 2,200 new cases of Valley Fever, and most were reported in the southern Central Valley regions of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties. In fact, Kern County residents were affected the most with 890 cases. In all, about 30 percent of all Valley Fever cases nationwide occur in the ...
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Safety in school zones is key as thousands hit Kern County roadways for new school year

The streets in the mornings and afternoons are filled with cars, bikes, SUVs and buses. The sidewalks, too, are lined with pedestrians, short and tall. This can only mean one thing: It’s back to school in Kern County! Students in K-12 schools started the new school year Aug. 14, including the largest elementary and high ...
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Shooting by Bakersfield business owner raises legal questions

The police investigation continues in the case of a Bakersfield business owner who chased suspected burglars from his property and shot one of them as they fled. The case has sparked questions about self-defense and protecting property — as covered by a KGET-17 News story that featured Chain | Cohn | Stiles personal injury attorney ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles featured in Bakersfield Life Magazine as ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee

Chain | Cohn | Stiles was recently one of three organizations inducted into the inaugural “Best of Kern County” Hall of Fame, awarded to men, women, businesses, and organizations with a long history of excellence in their respective fields, and who also give back to our community. As part of the honor, Bakersfield Life Magazine ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Beatriz Trejo honored by ‘Latinas Leading the Way’

Beatriz Trejo, associate attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been honored by the Latina Leaders of Kern County organization as one of the “Latinas Leading the Way.” Trejo received the award July 20 at the 20th annual Latinas Leading the Way Awards event, honoring professional women who are making a mark in our ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins annual Filipino festival as Philippine Weekend celebrates 45 years

Each year, thousands of people come together in the northern Kern County city of Delano during the summer to celebrate Filipino history and culture. And this year, on the 45th anniversary of Philippine Weekend, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to join in the festivities as the law firm also commemorates a big milestone ...
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Plan your summer road trip, the most dangerous season for drivers, with safety in mind

Even with the new gas tax in California, one of the most cost efficient ways to get your family from point A to point B this summer is on the road. Especially in Kern County and the Central Valley, many popular destinations are just a few hours away by car. But summer is also one ...
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Fourth of July Safety: Even legal fireworks (including sparklers) can be dangerous

As the sun starts to set on Fourth of July, Kern County streets start to shine bright with multi-colored fountains of light and flashes. But a celebration of our nation’s independence can turn tragic quickly without proper fireworks safety measures. In fact, did you know about 11,000 people are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles: ‘Standing for Justice’ in Kern County for 85 Years

The year is 1934. The great Dust Bowl storm is sweeping across the Great Plains of the United States. Donald Duck premieres on television. And the FBI kills Bonnie and Clyde in a shootout in a Louisiana. It’s also the year Morris B. Chain first set up shop in the Haberfelde Building in downtown Bakersfield. ...
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Keeping safe at work in Kern County’s summer sun and adverse air quality

The month of June is National Safety Month, and in Bakersfield, we know June as the start of triple digit weather forecasts and stocking up on sunscreen. For those working outdoors in Kern County, June and the summer months are also a time protection from the California sun, and adverse air quality. In fact, more ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins MADD Kern County in honoring locals fighting against DUI crimes

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Kern County recognized and honored our local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other community members on Wednesday at Hodel’s Country Dining for their valiant efforts in helping stop DUI crimes. In all, 67 officers from throughout Kern County agencies were awarded during the 2019 MADD Kern County Law Enforcement and ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer Beatriz Trejo named to 2019 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list

Beatriz A. Trejo, an associate attorney with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles who focuses on workers’ compensation law, has been named to the 2019  Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, the publication announced recently. This is Trejo’s first year of earning the “Rising Stars” distinction, which is ...
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‘100 Deadliest Days’: Summer period especially dangerous time for young drivers

Did you know that the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” in the United States? During this time span, which largely includes the summertime, our country’s roadways see a sharp increase in automobile fatalities, many involving teen drivers, according to AAA. For example, in 2016 during ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles se junta con la program ‘Despierta Bakersfield’ para educar nuetra comunidad sobre cuestiones legales

La firma de abogados Chain | Cohn | Stiles se ha asociado con Univision Bakersfield, la estación de televisión en español, para educar a los Latinos locales sobre cuestiones legales, incluido qué hacer si estás en un accidente con algiuen con poco o sin seguro, los peligros de la fiebre del valle en el lugar ...
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