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Distracted driving injures 400,000 people and kills 4,000 each year. Here’s how to avoid driving distracted, and save lives.

We all know to buckle up when we get behind the wheel of a vehicle, because we know seat belts save lives. But did you know another step could save thousands of more lives? Chain | Cohn | Stiles is joining law enforcement and safety officials in asking drivers to give it a rest — ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files lawsuit in the choking death of 21-year-old at local for-profit care facility

Ryan Kowal, 21, had severe autism and required one-on-one care “at all times” when he was placed in the care of SAILS Westbrook Crisis Home in Bakersfield. That care was most important during meal times, as Ryan required a soft food-only diet due to his risk for choking. Supervisors at SAILS Westbrook Crisis Home, a ...
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Why Bakersfield ranks No. 2 most dangerous city in the United States for pedestrians, and what we can do to fix this ‘preventable crises’

Bakersfield is not safe for pedestrians. That sharp message, but hard truth, comes from a new nationwide study that lists Bakersfield as the No. 2 most dangerous metropolitan area in the United States to be a pedestrian. The “Dangerous by Design” study by Smart Growth America analyzed government data from 2010 to 2019 to create ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles resolves several cases involving misconduct at North High School

Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm has resolved four cases on behalf of students at North High School who were victims of sexual misconduct by an athletic equipment manager at the school. The cases settled for a total of nearly $2 million. Kern County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Edwin Rodriguez on suspicion of lewd ...
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Four Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorneys earn 2021 ‘Super Lawyers’ distinction

Four attorneys and partners at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been named to the 2021 “Super Lawyers” listing by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. Personal injury attorneys David Cohn and Matthew Clark earned the Super Lawyers distinction, as well as workers’ compensation lawyer James Yoro. The prestigious honor is awarded to no more than 5 ...
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Family of fatal New Year’s Eve crash victim, Chain | Cohn | Stiles speak about dangers of impaired driving

The year 2020 is a year many of us are glad is in the past, but for the families of three young people who died in a New Year’s Eve crash, they would give anything to go back in time. And one of those local families is hoping their kind of loss is the last ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles, family increase reward for information leading to arrest in fatal hit-and-run crash

It’s been more than 6 months since the July 22 hit-and-run crash near CSU Bakersfield that killed 65-year-old Deborah Ann Geneau, and still no one has come forward to take responsibility. Bakersfield Police Department has finished its investigation and filed its report in fatal crash. With no arrests made as of yet, the family of ...
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Burn Injury Awareness: How to prevent burn injuries at home and work

One person was burned by an air fryer while working at a fast food restaurant. Another person suffered serious second- and third-degree burns when a tank overflowed at work, and hot oil splashed onto his hands. And another person was burned by a cream bought for home use to remove callus. These are just a ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles launches new educational grant program open to all Kern County students

While schooling may look different these days, one thing that hasn’t changed is the very real costs of education, which includes computers, textbooks, college application fees, and other school supplies and needs. In an effort to help local students with the higher costs of education, local law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has introduced ...
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Driving safety, life-saving trends to look ahead to on our roadways in 2021

While more than 35,000 people killed each year in vehicle-related crashes in the United States, and some 3 million injured, government organizations and other safety groups work each year to save lives. Here are a few trends and initiatives drivers can watch for a glimmer of hope in 2021:   Pandemic Driving It’s no surprise ...
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Lawsuit: Dangers of Highway 99 through Bakersfield should be addressed for safety

In November 2019, a big rig driver slammed into the back of a pickup truck on Highway 99 at Rosedale Highway, killing both the pickup’s driver and passenger, Kathy McNutt and Luther Harold Goldman. A year later, at nearly the same location, a 10-year-old boy died when a big rig crashed into the back of ...
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New year, new state laws face California drivers, workers, families

The New Year means new rules for Californians, including for drivers. New state laws for 2021 include those aiming to crack down even more on distracted driving, protecting crews working on the side of the road, and preventing those who break into a car to rescue a child from facing charges, among others. Read on ...
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Department of Justice settles with Kern County Sheriff’s Office over civil rights violations, Chain | Cohn | Stiles cases

A settlement has been reached between the California Department of Justice and local law enforcement departments after an investigation into civil rights violations and excessive force allegations, some of which stem from Chain | Cohn | Stiles cases. The settlement agreement requires the Kern County Sheriff’s Office to enact an extensive list of reforms over the ...
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Holiday giving tips during this pandemic year of need

The holidays are a time for giving, and it’s needed now more than ever. Traditionally, about one-third of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year, and of those donations, nearly 20 percent are given in December alone. But the end of this long, difficult year has seen millions of ...
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Nursing homes become ‘ground zero’ during COVID crisis in the United States and Kern County, Al Jazeera reports

More than 60,000 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19 in the United States. They account for roughly a quarter of all coronavirus fatalities in the country. So, what makes nursing homes so vulnerable to this pandemic? A new report by media agency Al Jazeera English answers that question with the help of Chain | ...
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Kern County juvenile hall sex abuse cases resolve after appeals court win

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has resolved several lawsuits on behalf of victims of sexual assault by a Kern County Juvenile Corrections officer while they were housed at James G. Bowels Juvenile Hall. Settlements of $200,000, $250,000, and $400,000 were reached with the County of Kern on behalf off the victims, respectively. The final settlement ...
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Fatal crashes, risky driving on the rise during pandemic, study shows

One would think that during this pandemic, driving would be much safer due to fewer people being on our roadways. However, research is showing that drivers are exhibiting riskier behavior while driving, put everyone else at risk. Roads in the United States are noticeably more dangerous in the COVID era than they were before, according ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles ranked in 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Law Firms’

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 “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 & World Report. Achieving a ranking “signals a ...
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How dangerous is drowsy driving? As risky as operating a vehicle while under the influence

How dangerous is drowsy driving? Driving on less than 5 hours of sleep is similar to driving over the legal limit for alcohol. In fact, you are 3 times more likely to be in a vehicle crash if you are fatigued, which is why drowsy driving is responsible for some 300,000 crashes every year in the ...
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McFarland basketball coach sentenced in sexual misconduct case; Chain | Cohn | Stiles civil case for victim is ongoing

A former McFarland High basketball coach has been sentenced to state prison after he promised a 15-year-old boy a spot on the varsity team in exchange for sexual favors. Chain | Cohn | Stiles is representing the victim in his sexual misconduct civil case. Fernando Pruneda was sentenced to two years in prison for the ...
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Teen Driver Safety: Best Practices for Staying Safe on the Road

Your child is all grown and ready drive. You may be thinking: Where did the time go? But parents should also be thinking about safety.  Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of teen injuries and deaths. In fact, nearly six teen drivers are involved in a fatal car crash every day in ...
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MADD Kern County hosts virtual ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’, presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles

For the seventh year, Kern County came together on Saturday, Oct. 10, in the fight against impaired driving to proclaim, “No More Victims!” Bakersfield’s virtual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash — presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles — is Kern County’s chance to do something about drunk and drugged driving in our community. Since 2009, ...
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‘U Drive U Text U Pay’: Officials cracking down on dangerous distracted driving

At any given moment across the United States, about 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And on a typical day, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. Even more, nearly 3,000 people are killed and an estimated 400,000 are injured in motor ...
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94 percent of car crashes are caused by human error; autonomous vehicles may be able to help

In 1980, generally considered to be the deadliest year on U.S. streets, over 50,000 people were killed on U.S. roadways. Fortunately, with safety features like airbags added to vehicles, stricter seat belt laws, and campaigns that stigmatized impaired driving, the rate of deaths went down significantly. But over the last several years, we have seen ...
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Students receive scholarships, sponsored in part by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, in 9th Grito de Dolores celebration

Twenty-five students received college scholarships during the 9th annual “Grito de Dolores” celebration hosted by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, sponsored in part by Chain | Cohn | Stiles. This year’s Grito de Dolores commemorated the 210th Mexican Independence Day. The local socially-distanced celebration was pre-recorded in front of the Liberty Bell in ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles participates in community ‘Real Talk’ discussions focused on race relations in America

Following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and the nationwide protests that followed, Bakersfield College aimed to bring us all together. With the help of local media personality Danny Morrison, the college organized a full week of conversations, events, and celebrations for Juneteenth, a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the ...
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Bakersfield 2020 virtual ‘Walk Like MADD’ – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – aims to raise funds to combat impaired driving during pandemic

To register for the 2020 Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash, click here. Like many nonprofits, MADD Kern County has severely been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, losing a large percentage of funding intended to fight against impaired driving in our community. In fact, MADD California has lost over 80% of annual revenue, forcing ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Chad Boyles earns two awards for young professionals

One thing is for sure: Chad Boyles, personal injury lawyer with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is someone we should all be watching. Boyles has recently been selected for inclusion in two listings awarded to young professionals: the Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list, and also in Bakersfield Life Magazine’s annual “20 Under ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files lawsuit in the case of Wasco High coach convicted of sexual misconduct with student

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed a lawsuit against the Wasco Union High School District on behalf of a student who was the victim of sexual misconduct by an assistant football coach at the high school. Miguel Nicholas Saldana pleaded no contest to sending sexually explicit messages to the student, was sentenced to six ...
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MADD Kern County awards ceremony, sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, honor locals fighting against DUI crimes

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Kern County recently recognized and honored our local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other community members for their valiant efforts in helping stop DUI crimes during the past year. Chain | Cohn | Stiles was proud to be a key organizer, sponsor, and supporter of this event. The 2020 MADD ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles awards 11 drivers education scholarships in new ‘Guided Partners in Safety’ (GPS) program

The Law Office of Chain | Cohn | Stiles has awarded 11 drivers education scholarships as part of the new “Guided Partners in Safety (GPS) Scholarship” program. The scholarships program aims to support a new generation of teen drivers, build guided partners in safety, and help pay for student driver’s education training, while keeping safety ...
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Reward offered for information leading to the arrest in July 22 fatal hit-and-run crash

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the July 22 hit-and-run crash near CSU Bakersfield that killed 65-year-old Deborah Ann Geneau. Chain | Cohn | Stiles and family of Deborah Ann Geneau is offering a $2,500 reward to the person who helps identify the driver ...
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Tips for a safe summer road trip during the pandemic

Summer vacation may look different for you and your family this year. Many people are deciding on a summer road trip instead to flying to a vacation destination. In fact, U.S. air travel has dropped more than 70% compared to this time last year, according to reports. But before you hit the road, there are ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney, partner Beatriz Trejo named to 2020 Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’ list

Beatriz A. Trejo, a partner with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles who focuses on workers’ compensation cases, has been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. This is Trejo’s second year of earning the “Rising Stars” distinction, which is granted to just 2.5 percent ...
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Awards give Chain | Cohn | Stiles ‘world-class’ law firm, attorneys designations (Bakersfield Life Magazine)

Editor’s Note: Chain | Cohn | Stiles was featured in the July “Top Attorneys” issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine. As the magazine stated in the issue:  “Requiring the services of an attorney often comes during a time of need. Bakersfield houses some of the best law professionals around. These attorneys specialize in a range of fields, ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles resolves Nancy Garrett wrongful death case, the last in a series of fatal crashes involving Kern County Sheriff’s personnel

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has resolved a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of 72-year-old Nancy Joyce Garrett, who was killed when a Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputy struck and killed her in September 2014 while in his patrol car. The family settled the lawsuit against the County of Kern for $2.5 ...
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Fireworks Safety: Don’t let home celebrations this Fourth of July turn to tragedy (or a fine)

As COVID-19 continues to spread locally and statewide regulations block public gatherings, officials are putting a halt to large fireworks shows this Fourth of July, leading many to celebrate at home. And while lighting fireworks in your own yard might seem festive and fun, it’s important to celebrate our nation’s Independence safely, so your holiday ...
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Feeling the Kern County heat? Here’s a safety guide to avoid heat-related illnesses.

The heat has arrived in Kern County, and the extreme triple digit weather is not going anywhere any time soon. As the temperatures rise above 100 degrees, Chain | Cohn | Stiles reminds local residents to take extra care to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. In fact, more than 600 people in ...
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‘America’s deadliest police’ title hangs over Kern County as protests continue against law enforcement brutality

As protests against police brutality continue throughout Kern County, the United States, and the world, Chain | Cohn | Stiles would like to revisit this issue that has been brought up time and time again in our own community. In fact, it was five years ago that The Guardian — a renowned British national daily newspaper that also ...
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Elder abuse and neglect awareness is more important now than ever

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and there is not a more important time than now to protect and be mindful of our most vulnerable citizens. Senior residents have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those in nursing and care facilities. As of June, more than 25,000 residents died and 60,000 were infected ...
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During pandemic, auto crashes are down throughout California, but not in Bakersfield-Kern County

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, including driving habits. In fact, traffic volume is down throughout California’s roadways, which has resulted in fewer collisions and arrests for driving under the influence across the state. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Bakersfield and Kern County. While California saw an 88% reduction ...
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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 have temporarily closed or asked 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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