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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

To apply for the GPS Scholarship, click here. More information on the scholarship can be found below. Para solicitar la beca GPS, haga clic aquí. Más información sobre la beca se puede encontrar a continuación. ——— Chain | Cohn | Stiles launches unique scholarship to support a new generation of young drivers in Kern County ...
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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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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files claim on behalf of family of 8-year-old attacked by dog at school

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed a claim on behalf of the family of a second-grade student who was bitten on the face by a dog while in her classroom. Leilani, 8, suffered severe lacerations and tearing to her face when she was attacked by one of two large dogs visiting her classroom on ...
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Bike Month 2019: Bike Bakersfield events, safety tips, crash checklist and more

May is National Bike Month, a time to celebrate the power of the bicycle, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles is partnering with the local bicycle advocacy group, Bike Bakersfield, to promote bike safety throughout Kern County. Bicycle accidents are on the rise in Bakersfield and the Central Valley, and sadly, so are deaths. In ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles inducted into first Best of Kern County Hall of Fame class, selected to ‘Best Law Firm’ list

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been 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. In addition, the Bakersfield-based law firm has been selected by people in ...
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Kids still playing on the monkey bars? Prevent emergency room visits with these playground injury prevention tips

Every 2-1/2 minutes, a child in a United States visits an emergency room for a playground-related injury, according to playgroundsafety.org. And a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related traumatic brain injury each year. We all want our ...
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‘Drive like you work here’: Use extra caution to protect road workers and others

Each spring, “National Work Zone Awareness” reminds drivers to use extra caution in construction zones. And with the various construction projects taking place throughout Bakersfield and Kern County, the message of safety is that much more important. While you’re driving through these zones, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Chain | Cohn | Stiles wants ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles donates $10,000 for Bakersfield Homeless Center jobs program

Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm has donated $10,000 to the Bakersfield Homeless Center in an effort to combat our community’s homeless epidemic. The donation will go toward the homeless center’s job skills training program and street cleaning team focusing on downtown Bakersfield. In short, the program helps homeless center residents move forward with ...
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Bakersfield ranked 7th deadliest city in the nation for pedestrians

In recent years, Kern County has seen the number of pedestrian accidents rise to an alarming rate. In fact, a new study ranks Bakersfield as the seventh deadliest city in the United States for pedestrians. Between 2008 to 2017, Bakersfield saw a total of 247 pedestrian deaths, bringing the annual pedestrian fatality rate to 2.83 ...
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Brain Injury Awareness Month: ‘Change Your Mind’ about traumatic brain injuries

This month, we should come together to de-stigmatize brain injuries, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support programs that are available to victims. That’s the message by the Brain Injury Association of America during Brain Injury Awareness Month and beyond through its “Change Your Mind” campaign to provide a platform ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files claims on behalf of 3 students who were victims of sexual misconduct at local high school

Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm has filed claims on behalf of three students who were victims of sexual misconduct at North High School. Kern County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Edwin Rodriguez on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with minors 14 to 15 years old, exhibiting harmful matter to a minor, annoying a ...
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Worker deaths could trigger a workers’ compensation claim for surviving dependents

Armando Gallegos had been working as a correctional officer for 13 years when he was attacked by 12 inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in April 2018. He suffered a broken vertebrae, a broken nose and a concussion, and spent five months trying to recover from those injuries. Tragically, Gallegos died in September 2018 at age 56. ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney provides legal commentary following North High School sexual misconduct allegations

A local high school athletic equipment manager has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual contact with current and former students. And as yet another local school employee is arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a student, Chain | Cohn | Stiles personal injury attorney Matt Clark provided insight to media on the ongoing problem, ...
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‘Kern Under the Influence’: Series highlights local DUI epidemic

UPDATE: Eyewitness News recently presented a special half-hour program focused on the series highlighted below titled “Under the Influence & On the Road,” sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles. To watch the entire program, click here.  ——— You are more likely to die of a DUI related crime in Kern County than any other ...
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Sex & Education: Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney discusses recent local sex issues involving educators

In recent weeks, local media has reported on several allegations of various sexual misconduct on behalf of educators in Kern County schools, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark has provided expert insight on the legal issues. Recently, local media reported on a local high school science teacher alleged to have appeared in pornographic ...
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