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Chain | Cohn | Stiles resolves wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of family of motorcyclist killed in crash with Sheriff’s deputy patrol car

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has reached a settlement with the County of Kern on behalf of the family of a motorcyclist who was killed in 2015 when a Kern County Sheriff’s patrol car abruptly made a turn against a red light directly into his path. The crash involving 59-year-old Larry Maharrey garnered media attention as it ...
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Kern County votes Chain | Cohn | Stiles as ‘Best Law Firm’ in 2018 Readers’ Choice Poll

The 2018 “Best of Kern County” winners have been announced, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been selected by the people in our community as the winner in the “Best Law Firm” category. This is the sixth year in a row that the law firm has been selected into the “Best Law Firm” category — each year ...
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Understanding what sex violence is, and how to report it

Sexual assault happens in every community. Whether it’s harassment, online abuse, or unwanted sexual contact — including rape — it’s important to take these actions seriously, not blame the victim, and speak up against sexual violence. April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States, a time when survivors and advocacy groups work to raise ...
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Kern County Sheriff’s comments from leaked video on cost of deadly force causes controversy

A video released recently showing Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood telling an employees union that it is better “financially” to kill suspects than to “cripple” them has sparked controversy locally and nationwide. In the one-minute video filmed in 2006 during his first campaign for sheriff, Youngblood is seen seated at a table discussing deputy trainings and the ...
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Dog Bite Prevention: Safe interaction, education, responsible pet ownership are key

Each year about 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs and 800,000-plus receive medical attention for dog bites, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Many of the dog bite victims are children, the elderly and postal carriers. The good news is that many dog bites can be prevented with safe and appropriate ...
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Just Drive: Campaign reminds drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road

You’ve seen it before, and maybe even done it yourself: texting, watching videos on the phone, or even taking selfies — all while driving. But make no mistake. Distracted driving is dangerous and causes accidents, injuries and fatalities on our roads. Preliminary 2017 data shows nearly 22,000 drivers were involved in distracted driving collisions in ...
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Even in cases of cancer, workers receive little help from state workers’ compensation system in road to recovery

Editor’s Note: The following article appeared as a Community Voices article in the Opinion section of The Bakersfield Californian on March 26, 2018. To read the article in print format or online, scroll down to the “Media Coverage” section.  ——— Even in cases of cancer, workers receive little help from state system in road to recovery By Beatriz ...
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FAQ: Why choose Chain | Cohn | Stiles over other in-town, or out-of-town attorneys?

Like many big decisions, choosing a lawyer to help you with your accident, injury or workers’ compensation case can be a difficult one. For one, there are many to choose from — not only locally but throughout the state. Sometimes, there are misconceptions and myths associated with which lawyers are the best, and the reasons ...
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Sexual harassment in the workplace and the #MeToo Movement

Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation* attorney Beatriz Trejo recently made a presentation in front of the Kern County Paralegal Association focused on ethical obligations to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, and the #MeToo Movement. Below is a synopsis of that “Minimum Continuing Legal Education” presentation.  ——— * Please note: Chain | Cohn ...
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New CSU Bakersfield mentor program matches students with graduates, friends of university including Chain | Cohn | Stiles representatives

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg  The California State University, Bakersfield Alumni Association recently launched its new mentorship program, Runner Alumni Mentorship Program (RAMP), matching graduates and friends of the university with current students who are looking for ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles investigator discusses importance of active shooter trainings

It’s a somber thought, but one that unfortunately is important to think about in our current times: What would you do if you were confronted with a situation involving an active shooter? In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, KERO-23 News interviewed several local ...
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‘Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety Plan’ aims to decrease accidents, deaths in Bakersfield

Pedestrian and bicycle accidents and fatalities have been climbing year after year in Kern County, with 42 deaths reported in the county in 2017, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. In Bakersfield alone, the Bakersfield Police Department has investigated 49 fatal and injury collisions involving pedestrians during the past three years, and saw an astonishing 21 pedestrian ...
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Infographic: 12 steps of the workers’ compensation legal process

To many, a job can mean making sure you and your family live comfortably day to day. So, when a work injury occurs, you want to make sure you and your family will be taken care of if you are not able to work. To assist those who have been injured on the job and ...
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FAQ: How long does a personal injury or workers’ compensation case take to finish?

For many people who come to see Chain | Cohn | Stiles, it is their first time ever hiring an attorney. The legal process is simply foreign for them. And for this reason, many are surprised to learn how long it takes for a personal injury or workers’ compensation case to resolve from start to ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners with ‘El Gallito’ radio station to help listeners with legal issues

In an effort to raise awareness throughout Kern County on how to protect you and your families in the case of an injury or accident, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has partnered with a local Spanish radio station to provide legal insight during interviews. The 30-minute interviews will run once per month on KCHJ “El Gallito” ...
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Kern County’s ‘Immigration Justice Collaborative’ aims to educate community on legal rights

The following “President’s Message” was published in the April 2017 issue of the Res Ipsa Loquitur, a monthly news magazine from the Kern County Bar Association. It was written by Kern County Bar Association president James Yoro, who is also a partner and workers’ compensation attorney at the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles. The article focuses on ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles moves forward in case of alleged sexual abuse at Kern County juvenile hall

In an ongoing pursuit of justice for several victims of sexual assault by Kern County Juvenile Corrections officers while they were housed at James G. Bowels Juvenile Hall, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed an appeal in one of the cases. The appeal filed by attorney Neil Gehlawat of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, along with Los ...
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Awards, goodwill, and a goodbye in 2017; Work for justice and safety continues in 2018

The following was sent recently to those subscribed to the Chain | Cohn | Stiles e-newsletter. If you would like to sign up to receive future notices, please click here.  ——— A Happy New Year from our Chain | Cohn | Stiles family to yours! As Maya Angelou said, “The horizon leans forward, offering you ...
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Inclusion Films program for developmental disabled produces new Chain | Cohn | Stiles video

“We are more than a law firm. We are family.” That’s the message conveyed in a new Chain | Cohn | Stiles video produced by Inclusion Films, a practical film workshop for adults with developmental disabilities. As part of the law firm’s community sponsorship of the vocational program, Inclusion Films produced a powerful 30-second video ...
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5 new California laws in 2018 call for safer streets and workplaces

The New Year also means new laws for California. Several laws will take effect starting Jan. 1, including several transportation-related rules and changes. They include laws related to marijuana and driving, seat belts on buses, and a new blood alcohol concentration limit for Uber drivers. Because Chain | Cohn | Stiles focuses on motor vehicle accidents ...
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Why you should get uninsured / underinsured motorist insurance coverage

Do you have enough auto insurance coverage to protect you or a loved one in the case of an accident? That’s one of the most important questions you should consider before getting behind the wheel. At the same time, you should consider the following: Do you know what California’s minimum for auto insurance coverage? Do ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ attorney James Yoro highlights life of a paralegal in Kern County Bar Association’s magazine

The following “President’s Message” was published in the December 2017 issue of the Res Ipsa Loquitur, a monthly news magazine from the Kern County Bar Association. It was written by Kern County Bar Association president James Yoro, who is also a partner and workers’ compensation attorney at the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles.  ——— ...
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Older Driver Safety Awareness: Tips for the safest journey while behind the wheel

It’s a fact of life — we grow older every day. And with each year that passes comes changes in our physical, mental and sensory abilities that can be a challenge for some, especially our senior citizens. The ability to drive safely can also be affected by changes in our physical, emotional, and cognitive health ...
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#MeToo: How to protect yourself from sexual harassment, assault and abuse

* Update: Chain | Cohn | Stiles is no longer accepting wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases * Recently, the United States has seen an uprising of women (and men, too) who have gone public with their stories of sexual harassment, assault and abuse, and systemic sexism, particularly in the world of Hollywood. The “Me ...
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Season of Giving: Community comes together to renovate library at Boys & Girls Club of Kern County

It’s the season of giving — giving to the less fortunate, giving to our Kern County community, and giving thanks. At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, philanthropy and giving back is a year-round mission, whether it’s giving out free safety helmets and bicycle lights to bicyclist throughout Kern County, supporting MADD Kern County who assists ...
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ACLU report outlines civil rights violations in Kern County, highlights Chain | Cohn | Stiles cases

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has published a report following a two-year study that concludes law enforcement agencies in Kern County – specifically the Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office – have engaged in patterns of excessive force and systematically violated the civil rights of local residents. ACLU calls on the two ...
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A future with fewer traffic accidents? A look at driverless cars, safety and liability

The U.S. government recently released new federal guidance for automated driving systems that officials say has the potential to change the way we travel. But what does that mean to you, the everyday driver and passenger of motor vehicles? The answer comes down to safety. “The safe deployment of  automated vehicle technologies means we can look ...
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Frequently Asked Question: How do I know if I have a case?

How do you know if you have a case? How does Chain | Cohn | Stiles compare to other law firms? And how long will your case take? These are just some of the questions frequently asked by Kern County residents when it comes to hiring a personal injury or workers’ compensation lawyer or law ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles videos focus on helping accident victims ‘move forward’

“We may not be able to press rewind on your accident, but our lawyers can help you move forward.” That is the message that the accident, injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles wants to convey with new videos airing now throughout local television and Internet sites. What the videos now ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners with Bike Bakersfield to give away hundreds of bicycle lights, safety helmets this fall

At least 30 pedestrians and bicyclists in Kern County have lost their lives in roadway accidents in 2017. Many of them were not properly illuminated during night hours. As part of its mission to reduce the number of accidents in our community, Bike Bakersfield – in partnership with Chain | Cohn | Stiles and Kern ...
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Property maintenance is key to avoid injuries, premises liability claims

The following article by Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark appeared in the Kern Business Journal. To view the PDF print version of the Kern Business Journal click here.  ——— Maintaining your property so that it is safe for your customers, employees and visitors should be a top priority for all businesses. Premises liability lawsuits are ...
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Veteran local law enforcement officer, spokesman joins Chain | Cohn | Stiles as investigator

Chain | Cohn | Stiles — the Bakersfield-based accident, injury and workers’ compensation law firm — has welcomed a new investigator to its team, and it’s a familiar face for Kern County. Ray Pruitt, who served as a media spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade, will be assisting in case development ...
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Fourth annual ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’, presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, brings out 1,000, raises over $80,000 for MADD Kern County

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 $80,000 for MADD Kern County in the process. The fourth annual Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash – presented by Chain | Cohn ...
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New personal injury attorney joins Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the Bakersfield-based accident, injury and workers’ compensation law firm, has welcomed a new lawyer to its team. Tanya D. Alsheikh has joined the personal injury department as an associate attorney, where she is focusing on car accident, wrongful death, elder abuse and neglect, and other injury and accident cases. She ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles helps kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with celebration, scholarships

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is helping kick off Hispanic Heritage Month this year by celebrating with the local community and awarding scholarships to students in need. The law firm is hosting a mixer together with the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Metro Galleries in downtown Bakersfield. And on ...
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Longtime local attorney, community advocate Milt Younger dies at 86

Milton Younger, a former esteemed attorney and partner of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, who spent 53 years at the law firm, died Sept. 1 at age 86. “Milt was not only a leader in Kern County’s legal community for many decades, but he was also a leader through his generous volunteerism with many other local ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files claim against City of Bakersfield on behalf of teenager beaten, falsely arrested by police

Tatyana Hargrove, an African-American teenage victim of police brutality this summer in a case that received national attention, has filed a legal claim against the City of Bakersfield and its police officers. Hargrove, her parents, and her attorneys from Chain | Cohn | Stiles hosted a press conference to discuss the claim, and excessive force case ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles matches donation to MADD Kern County by mother of Tehachapi teenager who died after being struck, killed by DUI driver

The mother of Leslie Balderrama, a Tehachapi teenager who was struck and killed by a DUI driver in 2015, has donated $2,500 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County, following the settlement of her wrongful death lawsuit. Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the law firm that represented mother Denise Natividad, matched the donation. The terms ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ David Cohn, James Yoro selected to ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ publication

Two veteran attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America program, which is the oldest and among the most respected attorney ranking services in the world. David K. Cohn, managing partner at the law firm, was selected into the personal injury litigation category, while James A. Yoro, senior ...
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Back-to-school tips: For students and parents, getting to and from campus safely should be top priority

With the close of each summer comes the return of school, including back-to-school shopping, hectic schedules, sports, and seemingly never-ending homework. In fact, Chain | Cohn | Stiles recently helped our local students get in the school spirit as a sponsor of Childspree, which takes hundreds of underprivileged children back-to-school shopping at Kohl’s. The annual ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files lawsuit against Bakersfield convalescent hospital after patient’s fall, death

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed a lawsuit against Valley Convalescent Hospital in Bakersfield on behalf of the family of an 80-year-old patient who died as a result of neglect at the facility. Robert Hopkins fell from his bed in February while housed at the facility after a nursing assistant failed to ensure a ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles celebrates 43rd Philippine Weekend in Delano

For 42 years, thousands of people from all around Kern County and the world have come together in the northern Kern County city of Delano to celebrate the vibrant Filipino history and culture during Philippine Weekend. And the 43rd year looks to continue to add to the rich memories and traditions that come with the ...
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What cities in America have the worst drivers, and where does Bakersfield rank?

Where are the worst drivers in America? The answer, unfortunately, appears to be in California, where a recent survey found five cities in the state listed in the top 10 cities with the worst drivers. Bakersfield ranked No. 10. QuoteWizard, an auto insurance comparison company, analyzed 2016 statistics from the 75 most populous metro areas ...
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The death of Benjamin Greene and the legal issues surrounding it

On June 20, 2017, local lawyer Benjamin Greene collapsed and died while running in a 5K run at Hart Park. Temperatures were soaring in Bakersfield during the race, hovering around 107 degrees. Immediately, civil liability and legal questions arose, and local media contacted the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles for expert legal opinions. Questions ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer Neil Gehlawat named to 2017 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list

* Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles * Neil Gehlawat, attorney and partner at the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, the publication announced. This is Gehlawat’s second straight year of earning the ...
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Tips: Safety with fireworks, sober driving for that perfect Fourth of July

Each year, the Fourth of July holiday in Kern County brings with it swimming, barbecuing and celebration with fireworks. Independence Day bears not only fun and excitement, but unfortunately, it also can bring chaos and injury. While enjoying the holiday, individuals must remain aware of possible dangers, and helpful tips, to prevent fireworks-related injury. It’s ...
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How to keep your home safe to avoid common accidents, injuries

Nearly 150,000 people in the United States died from accidental deaths in 2015, and many of these tragedies happened in the home. Today, unintentional injury-related deaths are an all-time high, according to the National Safety Council. In the home, the accidents include poisonings from prescriptions drugs, falls, drownings, and burns, among others. For the month ...
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Speak up for those who can’t during Elder Abuse Awareness Month

More than 500,000 incidents of elder abuse are reported to authorities each year in the United States. Additionally, an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are abused or neglected each year, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging. Sadly, many cases go unreported. During June’s Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Chain | Cohn | Stiles ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins MADD to honor local officers, prosecutors fighting to end DUI crimes

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Kern County recognized and honored local law enforcement officers and prosecutors on Wednesday, June 14, for their valiant efforts in helping stop DUI crimes. Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles was proud to be a sponsor, supporter and organizer of the event. In ...
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Steps to take to identify and prevent heat-related illness at work

The following article written by Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyers James Yoro and Beatriz Trejo appeared in the Kern Business Journal.  ——— Summer is here, and with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in Kern County, employers and employees must take precautions against the summer heat. Heat-related illnesses can cause serious injury and even death, with ...
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