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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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What happens in a personal injury lawsuit?

At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we meet with clients every day who have never been involved in a lawsuit. Simply, they don’t know what to expect, or how the legal process works. The truth is, lawsuits are exceptionally complicated and involved processes. The good news is that the attorneys and staff at Chain | ...
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Big rig explosion, elder neglect, wrongful death lawsuits among Chain | Cohn | Stiles active cases

The personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are involved in some of the most significant cases in the Central Valley, ranging from police misconduct cases/civil rights to industrial accident cases, big rig, wrongful death, product liability cases, and more. And while every case handled by Chain | Cohn | ...
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New Chain | Cohn | Stiles video highlights ‘the team of lawyers you need when it matters most’

“You probably don’t need a full team of professionals all of the time, but if you get injured in an accident, you do. Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the team of lawyers you need when it matters most.” That’s the message from the latest videos unveiled by the Bakersfield-based accident, injury and workers’ compensation law ...
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With exploding airbag recalls continuing, take these steps to protect you and your family

More than five years after federal authorities first called for a national safety recall of the Takata airbags, officials are once again issuing a recall of millions of defective airbags, this time by Ford Motor Co. and Toyota. Ford recently issued a recall of more than 900,000 vehicles in North America, including 782,000 in the United ...
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New year, new laws for California drivers, bicyclist, scooter riders

As usual, the New Year brings about new laws to California. And for 2019, several new laws involve measures that affect most of us in the state: driving safety, civil rights, sexual harassment in the workplace, and more. Here are short descriptions of some of these new laws, many of which are a focus for ...
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Wrongful death, civil rights, elder abuse cases among notable cases resolved by Chain | Cohn | Stiles in 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, Kern County’s leading accident, injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes a look back at noteworthy resolved cases, some of which you may have seen in local media.   Wrongful Death: $3.4 Million In April, Chain | Cohn | Stiles reached a settlement with the County ...
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Check your (safety) list twice for an injury-free holiday season

As Santa checks his list, you also should be checking your list this holiday season — your safety checklist, that is. The holidays are ripe with dangers, from roadway hazards during holiday travel, to dangers at home from keeping warm and holiday decorating. It’s important you and your family take careful steps in celebrating, and make ...
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Everything you need to know about riding Bakersfield’s electric scooters safely

The birds are soaring in Bakersfield — the electric scooters from the company “Bird,” that is. About 200 of the Bird electric scooters, or e-scooters, have been scattered throughout Bakersfield, mostly downtown, “to help meet the town’s need for transit options that are accessible, affordable, and reliable,” according to the company. They have gained popularity ...
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Older Driver Safety Awareness: Helpful tips for driving safely while aging well

They are our parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. They are also the wisest among us. Still, our senior citizens many times depend on us to watch out for them, and this is especially important when it comes to driving a motor vehicle. For Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, observed in December, make it a point ...
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Key safety tips to driving safely in the fog

‘Tis the season … for fog. Throughout the Central Valley, winter brings with it the tule fog that seems to swallow up cars and stop signs, and sometimes even lines on the road. The fog creates such a driving hazard that local school districts several times a year decide to delay the start of classes, ...
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Grants galore! Local agencies receive hundreds of thousands to combat unsafe driving in Kern County

Drivers beware: Local authorities have received hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat unsafe driving in Kern County. Bakersfield’s California Highway Patrol branch recently received a grant to provide enforcement and education to local motorists about aggressive driving with the goal of decreasing injuries and deaths on our roadways. The Bakersfield Police Department received two ...
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Travel safely: Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road (with safety tips)

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and football, turkey and togetherness, and for millions and millions of people across the United States: driving. In fact, more than 54 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the week of Thanksgiving this year, according to AAA travel association — the highest volume ...
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Bike Bakersfield, Chain | Cohn | Stiles provides free helmets, bicycle lights, safety lessons through 2018 ‘Project Light up the Night’

With Daylight Saving Time in full swing, it’s more important than ever for drivers to be careful while commuting to and from work in the dark, and for pedestrians and bicyclists to make sure they are visible. In fact, thousands of children in Kern County will walk, bike, wait at the bus stop, and even ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles ranked in 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 2019 “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. ...
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Teen Driver Safety: 6 major dangers affecting teen drivers

Motor vehicle accidents — they’re the leading cause of injury and death among teens. In fact, teenage drivers have the highest rate of motor vehicle accidents among all age groups in the United States. In California, the statistics can be scary. Our state saw 73,736 crashes in 2016 involving drivers 16 to 20 years old, ...
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FAQ: How does Chain | Cohn | Stiles stand out compared to other law firms?

When it comes to choosing an attorney to help you during what may be one of the most difficult times of your life, you want to make sure it’s a lawyer that is knowledgeable and professional, caring and compassionate, and ultimately a winner. The personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at Chain | Cohn | ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles now home to two attorneys state certified as specialists in workers’ compensation

The Bakersfield-based accident, injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is now home to two lawyers who are state certified as specialists in workers’ compensation law, awarded to legal professionals who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements. The designation follows the passage by Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Beatriz ...
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Bakersfield’s 2018 ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’ – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – raises over $65,000, brings together 1,000-plus in 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 $65,000 in the process. The fifth annual Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash – presented by the Bakersfield-based accident and injury law firm ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles, local authorities focus on school bus safety

Each school day, school buses carry with them a load of treasure — our children. It’s important for all of on the roadways to make sure we protect them. That’s why Chain | Cohn | Stiles, along with local and state agencies and community partners throughout Kern County, are urging drivers to be extra careful around ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles helps local family affected by crash caused be alleged DUI driver

On Aug. 18, Bakersfield attorney Henry Noto allegedly got behind the wheel of his vehicle while under the influence, despite previously receiving two misdemeanors — in 2014 and 2016 — for DUI, according to news reports. On this occasion, however, this decision caused severe injuries to several people when he failed to stop at a stop ...
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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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