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Kern County calls for ‘No More Victims’ with 2018 Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash, presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Kern County will come together on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Park at River Walk in Bakersfield to proclaim “No More Victims.” The fifth annual Bakersfield “Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash” – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – is aimed to raise awareness of the DUI problem in our local communities, raise ...
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Pedestrian Safety Month: As pedestrian accidents climb locally, we all have a responsibility to share the road

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise in Kern County and California, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 were injured on California roadways alone. Since 2012, pedestrian deaths have increased by nearly 33 percent, growing substantially faster than any other type of traffic-related death, BPD statistics ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyers selected by peers in Bakersfield Life Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” poll

Local legal professionals have voted, and the results show that Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm has some of the top attorneys in the Bakersfield and Kern County area. That’s according to Bakersfield Life Magazine’s 2018 “Top Attorneys” poll, which highlights “the best local lawyers in 19 specialty areas, as voted on by their peers,” ...
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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. Doug Fitz-Simmons has joined the personal injury department as an associate attorney, where he is focusing on car accident, wrongful death, elder abuse and neglect, and other injury and accident cases. He joins ...
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David Cohn, James Yoro of Chain | Cohn | Stiles selected to 2019 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ publication

Two veteran attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been recognized in the 2019 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 once again into the personal injury litigation category, while James A. Yoro, senior ...
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Back-to-School 2018-19: Lessons to learn for a safe school year

It may not feel like it from the scorching Kern County heat and long days, but summer is drawing to a close and students are preparing to go back to school. While some local school districts begin school in early August and late event late July, the biggest school districts begin Aug. 15. Bakersfield College ...
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New Chain | Cohn | Stiles ‘Audio Center’ features interviews with Kern County’s leading radio personalities

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has unveiled a new “Audio Center” web page aimed to keep listeners in the loop on the latest news in personal injury and workers’ compensation law. The new web page contains interviews with Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ own attorneys sitting in with some of Bakersfield’s and Kern County’s leading radio ...
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Highway 99 through the Central Valley named the deadliest highway in America

In all, the United States has 2.7 million miles of roads — some parts safer than others. Unfortunately, the most dangerous roadway in America happens to be in our own backyard, according to new study. Highway 99 through the Central Valley was named the deadliest major highway in the country, according to data compiled by ValuePenguin, a ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files elder neglect, wrongful death, fraud claim against Bakersfield senior rehab facilities

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed an elder abuse and neglect lawsuit against a Bakersfield senior rehabilitation center that resulted in the death of an 80-year-old man, longtime teacher, U.S. Army veteran, and husband of 57 years. The elder abuse, elder neglect, wrongful death, and fraud complaint was filed by Chain | Cohn | ...
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Staying safe in the hot summer and how to prevent, ID, and treat heat exhaustion

Lots of regions throughout California are experiencing heat waves this summer, including in Kern County and record temperatures hitting Southern California in particular. In these cases, it’s important to be extra careful to avoid heat-related illnesses. Heat-related illnesses occur when the ability to sweat fails and body temperature rises quickly, and can lead to delirium, organ ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation lawyer selected to Bakersfield ’20 Under 40 People to Watch’

Bakersfield Life Magazine’s “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, and a passion for volunteering. “Their success is only rivaled by their commitment to giving back, making our community better for current and future generations,” according to ...
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Summer, sunshine, and safety. Keeping your loved ones safe during National Safety Month

The month of June brings summer days, sunshine, travel, vacations, and other activities. In the summer months, we should all think “safety” as well. Dangerous situations can present themselves often during the summer. It’s important for each of us to do our part to keep ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones as safe as possible. ...
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MADD Kern County honors local officers, Chain | Cohn | Stiles for contributions in local fight against DUI crimes

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Kern County has recognized and honored our local law enforcement officers and prosecutors for their valiant efforts in helping stop DUI crimes, and also honored Chain | Cohn | Stiles with a “Community Champion” award for the law firm’s work toward raising awareness locally and helping victims. The 2018 Kern ...
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Elder Abuse Awareness: Coming together to stop violence towards our most vulnerable citizens

California sees 176,000 cases of reported elder abuse cases each year, with more than 4,000 reported in 2017, according to Kern County Aging & Adult Services. What’s worse is officials estimate that for every case known to reporting agencies, 24 cases go unreported. This month — during Elder Abuse Awareness Month in Kern County, with World ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles nominated as ‘Corporation of the Year’ in 2018 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards

For its work and partnership with the Kern County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise awareness of DUI crimes and help put an end to them locally, Chain | Cohn | Stiles was nominated for a 2018 Beautiful Bakersfield Award. The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm was nominated in the “Corporation of ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles ‘gives big’ to local nonprofits in Kern County’s giving event

Editor’s Note: As May 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back at Give Big Kern, our community’s day of giving that took place on May 1. Chain | Cohn | Stiles was glad to play a role in fundraising, and the law firm was able to donate to two worthy nonprofits: MADD Kern ...
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Record numbers to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, nation’s deadliest travel holiday. Here’s how to stay safe.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by hitting the roads over the weekend in near-record numbers. In fact, according to AAA, more than 41.5 million people in the United States will travel this Memorial Day weekend, which is 5 percent more than last year and the ...
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National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Riders, drivers working together to save lives

Did you know that accidents involving motorcycles account for nearly 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, but motorcyclists make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the Unites States? That’s according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, more than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 – a 6 ...
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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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