New mobile app gives Kern County residents free resources, immediate access to Chain | Cohn | Stiles

April 8, 2020 | 6:00 am


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 Officers Association, Central Labor Council, and Valley Strong Credit Union, among others. As part of Group Law Services, members of these institutions and their immediate family members are entitled to free initial consultations, reduced fees if ever in need of help from our law firm, special seminars and workshops, and other benefits.

And this year, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has unveiled a mobile app allowing members exclusive access to legal resources and our attorneys 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Our law firm has served our community for more than 85 years. It’s important we continue serving those who need help the best way we can,” said David Cohn, managing partner and personal injury attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “It’s also vital we make ourselves available whenever it is our community needs us most. With this new mobile app, we can be reached at any time, and we’ll be ready to help. Today and always, we are here for you, Kern County.”

To access the mobile app click here, or visit chainlaw.app. (The app requires a username and password. To receive one, please contact marketing director Jorge Barrientos at (661) 334-4948, or email him at jbarrientos@chainlaw.com.)

The mobile app provides several features for those whose institutions subscribe to the exclusive service. They include:

  • A news section featuring the latest updates from relevant laws, our community, and happenings from Chain | Cohn | Stiles.
  • A “Frequently Asked Questions” section to get the answers to some of the most common general legal questions we receive at our law firm. This section also includes videos of answers courtesy of Chain | Cohn | Stiles senior partner and veteran attorney Matthew Clark.
  • And the biggest benefit, the “24/7” section gives users access to legal help whenever it is they may need it. Users can call, chat, or text our office any time for immediate help using this service.

If you are interested in accessing this mobile app for your company’s employees, customers, or others, please contact marketing director Jorge Barrientos at (661) 334-4948, or email him at jbarrientos@chainlaw.com.

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If you or someone you know is injured in an accident at the fault of someone else, or injured on the job no matter whose fault it is, contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling (661) 323-4000, or fill out a free consultation form at chainlaw.com.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles sponsors free admission day at Bakersfield Museum of Art on ‘National Day of the Teacher’

April 27, 2016 | 8:09 am


In 1956, the Walter Osborn family founded the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Today, on the 60th anniversary, the museum continues to enhance the quality of life through art appreciation and educational opportunities in the visual arts for Bakersfield and Kern County residents and visitors.

As part of the 60th anniversary of its founding, the museum is hosting exhibitions, education programs and special events celebrating the important milestone, including “Sponsor a Day” for free admission into the museum.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to sponsor the day of Tuesday, May 3, 2016 — which is the National Day of the Teacher — as a free admission day for all to the Bakersfield Museum of Art.

In its 60-year history, the museum has provided outstanding exhibits and offered unique educational opportunities in the visual arts to Bakersfield and its surrounding communities.

“We’re thrilled to be able to open the doors to the museum for free to everyone for the day, especially to our valued educators in Kern County,” said David K. Cohn, managing partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “We’re dedicating this day at the museum to all teachers on National Day of the Teacher.”

For nearly 50 years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has worked with local teachers and school employee unions through the Group Law Services program to provide quality legal help for working people in Kern County. Group Law Services members and their immediate family members are entitled to free initial consultations, reduced fees if ever in need of help from our law firm, and other benefits. Free admission day is just one of those benefits.

The nonprofit Bakersfield Museum of Art has been celebrating its 60-year milestone all year. In January, the museum opened its winter exhibition, “Celebrating 60 Years: The Life and Work of Marion Osborn Cunningham.” The exhibit included artwork pieces that have local ties. Cunningham became a successful and innovative artist in San Francisco, noted for her renderings of cable cars.

Another special event at the museum this year is the Driven by Art public art project, which celebrates the bond between the museum and the greater community of Bakersfield.

“This will be the largest and friendliest outdoor public art event Kern County has ever witnessed,” according to the museum.

Dozens of three-dimensional fiberglass 1956 nostalgic pickup trucks will decorated, embellished and festooned by the area’s leading artists, and the trucks will be parked downtown on street corners, sidewalks, parks and alongside roadways to greet everyone who passes by.

The museum on Tuesday, May 3, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is located at 1930 R St., between 19th and 20th streets.

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If you or someone you know is ever injured in an accident, contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at (661) 323-4000, or visit the website chainlaw.com.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles visits Kern County prison employees to provide tips, resources

October 14, 2015 | 10:44 am


Workers’ Compensation* attorneys and staff from Chain | Cohn | Stiles recently visited Kern Valley State Prison in Delano to provide resources and tips prison staff and correctional officers.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles took part in the recent annual health fair for Kern Valley State Prison staff, which is hosted by the prison to “increase awareness of beneficial programs and products available to staff,” according to organizers.

Participation by the workers’ compensation and personal injury law firm in the health fair was part of the law firm’s partnership with Kern County prisons called Group Law Services. The program, started by the Chain | Cohn | Stiles nearly 50 years ago, provides quality legal help for working people in Kern County, especially those who belong to local credit unions, labor unions and service organizations. Through Group Law Services, members and their immediate family members are entitled to free initial consultations, reduced fees if ever in need of help from our law firm, and other benefits.

To see a list of local groups that provide their members with full access to Group Law Services benefits, click here. If your group is not a member, but are interested in becoming a member, please call 661-323-4000.

Benefits are provided to correctional officers and staff members of all Kern County prisons including Kern Valley State Prison, North Kern State Prison, California Correctional Institution, and Wasco State Prison. Among the most common clients coming to Chain | Cohn | Stiles from these prisons are correctional officers as part of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.

Job injuries, unfortunately, are a part of life for officers working in prisons. They are exposed to various dangers and physical demands unique in their workplace. Assaults by inmates, for example, are a common occurrence.

It’s important for these officers to take notice of their legal rights and obligations under California workers’ compensation laws. Here are some general tips employees of prisons can follow if injured on the job:

  • Report an injury as soon as possible.
  • Get names of any witnesses.
  • Get medical treatment if you need it.
  • Make sure to explain how you got hurt.
  • Fill out accident report forms accurately.
  • Be consistent in your statements.
  • Do not give a tape recorded statement to an insurer.
  • Consider talking to a workers’ compensation lawyer.

If you are injured in a work-related incident, or suffer from a disease or ailment caused by your employment, you should protect your rights, and the best way to do so is to retain a competent workers’ compensation attorney.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro has nearly 40 years of experience in Kern County, and attorney Beatriz Trejo can assist Spanish speaking injured clients as well.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorneys to host auto, home insurance workshop for KSFCU members

July 8, 2015 | 10:01 am


You may not think of the deductibles and liability limits on your insurance policies as part of your financial strategy. But they could make a difference in your overall financial picture, according to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. Consider them “expenses in waiting” — potential costs that you should be prepared to face.

And it can be difficult to navigate the through the overwhelming number of insurance choices available. Chain | Cohn | Stiles and Kern Schools Federal Credit Union are partnering to help you decide.

A complimentary workshop for Kern Schools Federal Credit Union members will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at Kern Schools’ Administrative Offices, 11500 Bolthouse Drive, off Buena Vista Road, one mile south of White Lane.

As part of the workshop — titled “Auto and Home Insurance: How to protect you and your family” — Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark will help credit union members these tough questions:

  • How much insurance should you have?
  • How much should you pay?
  • Is your family fully protected?

The attorneys will focus on several auto and home insurance topics including uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance, umbrella policies, what liability means, first- and third-party insurance and much more.

As an example, the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles represent many people have been involved in auto accidents. And many times, he receives calls from people who have been injured by someone who didn’t have any insurance at the time of the accident.

Due to the accident, the injured client has had to miss work and has medical bills to pay.

“What do you do to protect yourself?” Clark said recently on a Bakersfield radio show. “When you buy insurance, one of the cheapest things you can buy is uninsured motorist coverage. You want to have limits that can cover you in case someone hits you.”

Clark recommends drivers purchase a $100,000 over $300,000 auto insurance policy at a minimum to protect yourself. The policy allows you to collect from your insurance company to recoup your damages that exceed the responsible party’s limits. It’s not expensive to get, Clark says, and can protect you and your family in the case of an accident while walking, running, or riding a bike. You don’t have to be behind the wheel to take advantage of the policies.

All attendees of the workshop will receive a voucher for a free notary and legal consultation from Chain | Cohn | Stiles. Additionally, the personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm will provide special goodies to attendees.

To register for the workshop, visit the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union webpage here, and fill out the simple form.

And for more information on Chain | Cohn | Stiles, or to contact the attorneys about your case, call 661-323-4000, or visit the website chainlaw.com.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles welcomes back Bakersfield College students

August 26, 2014 | 8:52 am


Bakersfield College is welcoming back students this week for the 2014-15 school year, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to join in the welcoming party.

The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is informing Bakersfield College students and staff of the benefits they can receive as part of the Group Law Service partnership between the college and the law firm.

As part of the Group Law Services partnership, students and staff at Bakersfield College get the following benefits and services:

  • Free initial consultation.
  • Free notary service: Simply call our office and make an appointment.
  • 24-hour legal hotline: Bakersfield College students and staff can simply call our 24-hour number (661-323-4000).
  • Reduced legal fees.

Bakersfield College is “holding steady” in year-over-year enrollment, according to media reports. Student enrollment for the fall semester is 17,500, which will increase in the first weeks of the semester. BC also added 16 courses and hired 14 new faculty this fall, BakersfieldNow.com reported.

The Bakersfield Californian reported that BC enrollment has increased by between 500 and 700 students for the last three years.

As thousands of students and staff readjust to school life, you can find a Chain | Cohn | Stiles informational table during the college’s Welcome Week in the foyer in Campus Center, near the cafeteria and Fireside Room, on campus. Chain | Cohn | Stiles will be handing out goodies to students and staff, and answering any questions they may have about the law firm and services and benefits offered through Group Law Services.

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Group Law Services

Chain | Cohn | Stiles pioneered Group Law Services more than 45 years ago to provide quality legal help for working people in Kern County, including those who belong to local credit unions, labor unions and service organizations.

For a list of Group Law Services partners, go HERE.

If you are currently not a member but are interested in becoming a member and partner with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, please direct membership requests to Chain | Cohn | Stiles Marketing Director Jorge Barrientos at 661-323-4000.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners with correctional officers to provide legal services

July 21, 2014 | 9:39 am


Nearly 50 years ago, the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles pioneered Group Law Services, which provides legal assistance to the working people in Kern County.

Members of Group Law Services groups and businesses can take full advantage of membership benefits including free consultations, reduced legal fees and notary assistance.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to partner once again this year with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, which represents more than 30,000 correctional peace officers working inside California’s prisons and youth facilities, and the state’s parole agents who supervise inmates after their release.

According to the CCPOA, the group’s mission is to promote and enhance the correctional profession, protect the safety of those engaged in corrections and advocate for the laws, funding and policies needed to improve prison operations and protect public safety.

“Over the years, CCPOA has won a number of key reforms, including psychological screening for new officers, additional training and improved safety equipment and practices,” the CCPOA states on its website. “CCPOA has a long, proud history of safeguarding the rights and welfare of the men and women it represents – dedicated professionals who do a tough, dangerous and essential job.”

The lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles for decades have represented correctional officers in Kern County and across the state in various workers’ compensation* and personal injury cases. Through Group Law Services, correctional peace officers can receive these services and other benefits anytime they’re in need.

In fact, correctional officers throughout the state can see an ad for Chain | Cohn | Stiles in the PeaceKeeper, the official quarterly publication by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. You can find the ad by clicking here.

The publication is printed to foster professionalism and communication among correctional personnel. Correctional officers who dial the number in the ad, or visit our website, get all of the legal benefits through the Group Law Services program.

If you are currently not a member of Group Law Services but are interested in becoming a member, please direct membership requests to Chain | Cohn | Stiles Marketing Director Jorge Barrientos at 661-323-4000.

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*Notice: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.