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What Benefits Are Available for Injured Or Sick Workers?

California adopted workers’ compensation laws to help and protect workers if they become ill or injured as a direct result of their jobs. But many people don’t realize the different benefits available to them today. Chain | Cohn | Stiles work injury lawyer Beatriz Trejo highlights in a new video the five basic benefits available ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles included in 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 “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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Kern County court orders senior care service provider to pay $2 million in local elder neglect, wrongful death case

A Kern County judge has ordered a defendant in a local elder abuse and neglect civil case to pay more than $2 million in connection with the death of an 80-year-old man, longtime teacher, U.S. Army veteran, and husband of 57 years. Chain | Cohn | Stiles obtained this judgment on behalf of the widow ...
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Local Police Departments Receive Hundreds of Thousands in Grants to Improve Traffic Safety

Local police departments have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to improve traffic safety in Bakersfield and Kern County. The Bakersfield Police Department received two grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety totaling $433,000 — the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant for $400,000, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program grant for ...
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What Red Flags Should You Watch Out For Before Choosing A Lawyer To Handle Your Case?

There are countless personal injury law firms out there, but not all of them are reputable. Some of them advertise themselves to be “local,” but they are not. Some of them never actually work on your case once hired, or speak to clients about their cases. And some of them have no real expertise in ...
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Statistics show women are more likely to be injured, die in motor vehicle crashes, and auto designs may be to blame

10,000 women die in car crashes each year because of bad auto design. That’s the headline from a new report published in Fast Company, which highlights the fact that women are 72% more likely to be injured, and 17% more likely to die in a car crash than men. The report also reveals that crash ...
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Bakersfield’s Walk Like MADD – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – raises $57,000 to fight impaired driving in Kern County

Hundreds of crash victims, family members and friends, law enforcement officers and first responders, community leaders, and supporters came together Sept. 25 at the Park at River Walk to walk, run, and call for an end to impaired driving crashes in Kern County. In the process, the eighth annual Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD ...
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New California traffic safety bills would allow cities to lower speed limits, close streets for recreation, decriminalize jaywalking, more

Our roadways will perhaps be a little safer after California lawmakers passed several bills recently that make safety on our roadways for drivers, pedestrians, passengers, and bicyclists a priority. Five bills in particular now await a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom to become laws. You can learn more about each one of the new California ...
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Local family hoping to spare others the heartache of fatal hit-and-run crashes, help victims and law enforcement

In the shadow of a hit-and-run tragedy, one local family is hoping to spare others the same grief they felt while helping victims, supporting law enforcement, and honoring their own loved one. Dawn Elliott knows firsthand what it’s like to lose someone to a hit-and-run crash — her mother Deborah Ann Geneau was killed last ...
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Back to School: Tips for getting your students to campus safely

As students return to school, parents have a lot of concerns about potential dangers on their children’s campuses, but it’s important to pay attention to potential dangers on the way to school, too. “As parents, it’s critical for us to really teach our kids to be safe, not only on campus, but also in getting ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney selected to 2021 Bakersfield Life Magazine’s “20 Under 40 People to Watch”

Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Tanya D. Alsheikh has been selected as one of the 2021 “20 Under 40 People to Watch” in Bakersfield Life Magazine. The magazine’s annual “20 Under 40 People to Watch” highlights outstanding young men and women whom Bakersfield can be proud of, who possess a hard work ethic, dedication, ...
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MADD Kern County to host 8th annual ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’, presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles

For the eighth year, Kern County will come together on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the fight against impaired driving to proclaim, “No More Victims!” Bakersfield’s 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. In ...
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3 Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorneys selected into ‘Best Lawyers in America’ rankings publication

Three lawyers 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. For the fourth year in a row, David K. Cohn, managing partner at the law firm, was selected into the personal injury litigation category of ...
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Roadways more dangerous during summer days thanks to risky driving behavior, teenagers

Our roadways are more dangerous than ever during this time of year due to riskier driving behaviors, according to safety officials. In the last 10 years in the United States, an average of seven people per day have died in motor vehicle crashes during these summer months, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. ...
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Nearly one-third of nation’s Valley Fever cases are in the Central Valley. What you should know about the fungal disease, and how to stay safe.

About 10,000 cases of Valley Fever are reported every year nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with about 30% of cases occurring in the Central Valley. So it’s no wonder that Kern County has been at the forefront of treatment, research, and prevention efforts of Valley Fever over the years. And it’s the ...
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Bakersfield drivers ranked 3rd worst in America due to accident rates, DUIs, speeding

Have you been cut-off while driving recently, or seen someone run a red light, text while behind the steering wheel, or drive way over the speed limit? If you’re in Bakersfield and answered “yes”, you’re not alone. Based on accident rates, speeding tickets, DUIs, and citations, Bakersfield ranks third in the nation for bad driver ...
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Longtime Bakersfield attorney, former Chain | Cohn | Stiles partner dies at 84

Editor’s Note: The article below was compiled from local media reports. For a column on Mr. Lemucchi written by Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn for the Kern County Bar Association magazine, Res Ipsa Loquitur, please see below: ——— Timothy Lemucchi, a longtime and prominent Bakersfield lawyer and former partner and attorney ...
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MADD Kern County honors locals fighting against DUI crimes in ceremony sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Kern County recognized and honored our local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other community members for their valiant efforts in helping stop DUI crimes during the 2021 MADD Kern County Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Recognition — sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles. The virtual ceremony was held June 24 ...
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How to celebrate Fourth of July safely, avoid tragedy, and report illegal fireworks

This year’s Independence Day is perhaps extra special as our country continues to slowly come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. And what better way to celebrate than with traditional Fourth of July fireworks? But festivities and fun can turn to a terrible tragedy in an instant without proper safety practices. In fact, about 11,000 people ...
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The Reasons You Should Contact An Attorney If You’ve Been Injured On The Job

You get hurt on the job: What should you do, and when should you contact an attorney? Chain | Cohn | Stiles work injury attorney Jim Yoro explains in a new video (below) four reasons when it’s important to contact a lawyer after you’ve been injured at work. We also share some bonus reasons you ...
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Free Consultation? Keep These Points In Mind When Meeting With A Lawyer On Your Injury Case

You always hear about “free consultations” by lawyers, but what does that really mean, and what should a great consultation look like for someone who needs legal help? Accident and injury attorney Matt Clark of Chain | Cohn | Stiles answers this frequently asked legal question in a new video below, and we share everything ...
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How to identify, report elder abuse and neglect, and raise awareness to end these tragic cases

It’s hard to imagine that anyone would deliberately want to harm an elderly person — senior citizens, after all, are some of our frailest and most vulnerable citizens. Yet, elder abuse and neglect is a widespread problem. California sees more than 175,000 cases of reported elder abuse cases each year, according to Kern County Aging ...
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June is for summer, sunshine, and safety

With June comes summer, sun, and, we hope, safety. June is National Safety Month, an opportunity to help prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With the United States is seeing the highest number of workplace deaths since 2007 – more than 5,000 fatal workplace injuries in ...
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‘Look Twice And Save A Life’. Sharing The Road Is Vital For Motorcycle Safety

Preliminary state data shows that more than 500 people were killed in motorcycle-involved crashes in 2020, and more than 11,500 people were injured in California, according to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. In all, California has more than 1.4 million licensed motorcycle riders, and Kern County riders certainly make up a large percentage. ...
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Arrest Made In Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash Following 9-Month Investigation, Chain | Cohn | Stiles Reward Offer

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing the fatal hit-and-run crash last year that killed 65-year-old Deborah Ann Geneau, a case in which Chain | Cohn | Stiles and the Geneau family offered a reward. Stephanie Heninger was arrested and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit-and-run charges connected ...
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Video Campaign Sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles Aims to Raise Awareness of Safety, Enjoyment of Bakersfield’s Kern River Parkway

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has helped launch a new video campaign focused on the safe use and enjoyment for all of Bakersfield’s Kern River Parkway — a paved trail over 30 miles long that runs from southwest to northwest Bakersfield used for recreational use and commuting. The video campaign launched in conjunction with May’s ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles Selected in 2021 ‘Best of Kern County’ Poll (Best Lawyer / Best Law Firm / Best Business)

As we all experienced, the past year was incredibly tough, especially for local businesses. Still, Chain | Cohn | Stiles remained open during the pandemic as local residents in Kern County still needed legal help. This included current clients with active cases at the law firm, as well as those who suffered injuries in accidents ...
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Crashes Caused By Speeding Have Spiked. Can New Automated Cameras Help Slow Drivers?

As the year of pandemic lockdowns and stay-at-home orders comes to an end, Americans are returning to deadlier streets. Traffic deaths in the United States increased in 2020, even as people drove less because of the COVID-19 pandemic. National Safety Council estimates that 4.8 million people were injured in crashes last year and more than ...
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Dog Bite Prevention: Mental State of Dogs Vital in Post-Pandemic World

Each year, millions of people are bitten or attacked by dogs. Sadly, children make up more than 50% of all dog bite victims. Last year nearly 18,000 dog bite injury claims were made in the United States, according to the Insurance Information Institute. California had the most claims, and Florida, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, ...
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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

EDITORS NOTE / UPDATE (MAY 2021): Stephanie Heninger, 42, was arrested on suspicion of causing the fatal crash. The vehicle in the incident was seized in Riverside County, Bakersfield Police reported. The court case is ongoing. For media coverage, please see the listing below.  ——— It’s been more than 6 months since the July 22 ...
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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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