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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

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 “Rising Stars” distinction, which is granted to just 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 ...
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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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Two-wheeled transportation safety tips for bike, motorcycle month and beyond

May is National Bike Month as well as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, where we celebrate the benefits of riding on two wheels, while remembering the dangers of doing so and measures to help keep everyone as safe as possible. California is ranked No. 4 in the United States for percentage of commuters who bike to ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles wins ‘Kern Green Award’ for making positive environmental impact in Kern County

Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm has been awarded a 2017 Kern Green Award, which recognizes business, organizations and individuals going above and beyond to make a positive environmental impact in Kern County. The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm won the award in the “Green Building Material and Design” category for the array ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Beatriz Trejo delivers keynote speech at CSU Bakersfield’s ‘Chicano Commencement Celebration’

Beatriz Trejo, Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation attorney, was recently honored to deliver the keynote speech at the CSU Bakersfield “Chicano Commencement Celebration” held May 14 at the Icardo Center. Trejo earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Bakersfield and her master’s degree in political science from Cal State Northridge. She returned to ...
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‘Law Day at the Mall’ provides free legal advice to people of Kern County

Once a year, lawyers throughout Kern County come together for one day to offer free legal advice to anyone who may have a legal question. It’s called “Law Day at the Mall,” and it took place on May 4 at Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield. “What we try to do is give the public the ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles, attorney David Cohn selected among the ‘Best of Kern County’ for fifth year straight

For the fifth year straight, the people of Kern County have voted Chain | Cohn | Stiles as one of the best law firms in the area, and managing partner David K. Cohn as one of the best lawyers. The law firm and Mr. Cohn were each selected as one of three finalists, named a “Favorite,” in ...
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Wrongful death case involving speeding deputy continues after plea deal in criminal case

A former Kern County Sheriff’s deputy has pleaded “no contest” in connection with a crash that killed a 72-year-old Oildale woman in 2014, a crash also connected to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Chain | Cohn | Stiles on behalf of her family. Nicholas Clerico will receive three years probation, must pay a $570 ...
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Chain | Cohn Stiles supports Kern County’s first dance and disability program

Kern Dance Alliance has teamed up with the League of Dreams to bring the first dance and disability program to Kern County, called “danceABILITY,” and Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to help make the program possible. The dance program is led by AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles fights to protect the rights of all injured workers in California, including immigrants

Did you know that in California, Latinos are less likely to file workers’ compensation* claims, yet have the highest rates of work-related injuries? They are also less likely to seek medical attention, have less access to medical facilities, and face the highest percentage of retaliation at work. Undocumented workforce, in particular, suffer the most for ...
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Hands on the wheel: We can all do our part to end distracted driving

Plain and simple, distracted driving is a deadly behavior. In fact, federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16 percent of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year. It’s no wonder that 80 percent of drivers cite distraction as a serious problem and a behavior that makes them feel less safe on the ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files wrongful death claim on behalf of family of man who died while in Lemoore police custody

The family of Donald Hill, a 30-year-old Central Valley man who died in December after being restrained by police officers, announced the filing of a wrongful death claim against the City of Lemoore. Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is representing the Hill family in their  wrongful death claim. ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Beatriz Trejo named ‘Young Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year’

Beatriz A. Trejo, an associate attorney with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been selected as the 2017 winner of the “Young Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year” by the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. Trejo, who has been assisting injured workers at the Bakersfield-based personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn ...
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Kern Business Journal’s ‘Executive Profile’ features Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn

The following “Executive Profile” article appeared in the February-March 2017 issue of the Kern Business Journal. To view the PDF print version of the Kern Business Journal click here, see the online version here, and read the entire publication, click here.  ——— Name: David K. Cohn Title: Managing Partner Company: Chain | Cohn | Stiles ...
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Brain Injury Awareness Month: You’re ‘Not Alone’ campaign highlights millions affected in the United States

More than 2.5 million children and adults in the United States suffer a brain injury each year. At least 5.3 million Americans live with traumatic brain injury-related (TBI) disabilities. And every day, 137 people in the United States die because of a TBI-related injury. It’s appropriate that this March — during Brain Injury Awareness Month — ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles marketing director installed as chairman of Kern County Hispanic Chamber’s foundation

Jorge Barrientos, the director of marketing and public relations for the Bakersfield-based injury and accident Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been installed as the chairman for the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Education Foundation. Barrientos was installed during the 2017 KCHCC Business Awards Dinner on Feb. 11 at Doubletree by Hilton along ...
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Sexual harassment in the workplace persists, but with the law on the victim’s side

The following article written by Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer Neil Gehlawat appeared in the February-March 2017 issue of the Kern Business Journal. To view the PDF print version of the Kern Business Journal click here, and read the entire publication, click here.  ——— Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, still a prevalent occurrence in the ...
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National Burn Awareness Week: Safety tips to prevent burn injuries in your household

Each year, nearly 500,000 people in the United States and Canada are treated for burn injuries caused by normal household activities including cooking, bathing and eating. Sadly, most of these traumatic burn injuries occur to young children. This week, the Bakersfield-based personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles — with the help of U.S. ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files claims on behalf of two students wrongfully arrested by Bakersfield police

Chain | Cohn | Stiles and the Bakersfield Chapter of NAACP announced the filing of government claims for wrongful arrest, excessive force and racial profiling against the city of Bakersfield and Bakersfield Police Department on behalf of two local college students. After a night of studying on Dec. 5, Bakersfield College students Timothy Grismore, 21, ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer James Yoro named president of Kern County Bar Association

James A. Yoro, veteran workers’ compensation* attorney and senior partner with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been named the 2017 president of the Kern County Bar Association. Yoro was installed as president during the annual Kern County Bar Association Installation Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Bakersfield Country Club. He joins a long list ...
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5 notable case results from 2016 include motorcycle accident, civil rights, car accident cases

With 2017 just beginning, we wanted to take a look back at some noteworthy case results Chain | Cohn | Stiles obtained for the people of Kern County in their accident, wrongful death and workers’ compensation* cases.   $10 million — Motorcycle Accident  In June 2014, 27-year-old John Doe was riding his motorcycle in the Oildale area. ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles Newsletter: Remembering 2016, looking ahead to 2017

Editor’s Note: The following was published in an e-newsletter sent out to those signed up to receive the Chain | Cohn | Stiles newsletter. View it in your browser here. To keep up with the latest news, contests and updates from Chain | Cohn | Stiles, click here and scroll to the bottom of the ...
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Supporting victims of sexual assault one ‘Fog Run’ at a time

For the past 28 years, thousands of runners, families and community members have rallied around Lake Ming east of Bakersfield to support at-risk youth and Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to have supported along the way, including this year as the Bakersfield injury and accident law firm ...
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New Year, new laws in California for safer streets

In California, the New Year also means new laws. And for 2017, several new transportation-related laws, and changes to existing laws, are taking effect starting Jan. 1. Many of them are aimed to keep drivers safer on our streets, including addressing the use cell phones in cars, child safety seats, and motorcycle lane splitting. The accident ...
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Join Chain | Cohn | Stiles to give back this holiday season, and throughout the year

This time of the year, one can’t help but think about life’s blessings, and perhaps also keep in mind those less fortunate, and those in need. It’s no wonder our nation sees the most charitable giving of the year during the holiday season. For Bakersfield-based injury and accident law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the ...
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Holiday season a time for cheer, a time for safety

It’s the time of cheer, and a time of celebration. Chain | Cohn | Stiles wants to make sure you and your family enjoy the holiday season, while staying as safe as possible. With so many potential dangers affiliated with the holiday season — driving and traveling, celebrating with alcohol, and decorating your home, as ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney, Kern County Bar Association VP discusses proposed State Bar rule changes

As it stands today, the State Bar’s rules allow for lawyers in California to engage in sexual relationships with clients, provided that the relationship isn’t a form of payment for representation, obtained by “coercion, intimidation or undue influence,” or one that causes the attorney to “perform legal services incompetently.” Now, State Bar of California — ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles-sponsored ‘Project Light Up The Night’ focuses on bicycle safety

The sun begins to set on the streets of Bakersfield well before 5 p.m. these days, making safety paramount for those exercising, walking their pets, or driving about in the evening hours. For bicyclists, in particular, the nighttime can pose a significant risk. It’s important for drivers to be aware of cyclists sharing the road with ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins Bakersfield Police in fight to end DUIs, distracted driving

Chain | Cohn | Stiles for years has been fighting to end drunk driving in Kern County, while also raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, and advocating for bicycle and pedestrian safety locally. And with news that the Bakersfield Police Department was awarded a $415,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a ...
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Luchando por Justicia: Chain | Cohn | Stiles serves local Latino, Hispanic residents

Since its early days, the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has served injured people from all walks of life, no matter of age, gender, race or sexual preference. In fact, the law firm has been at the forefront of progressiveness in Kern County, credited for employing one of the first female attorneys ...
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Don’t snooze on the dangers of driving while drowsy

It’s a fact — driving drowsy is dangerous. It’s estimated that 300,000 crashes every year involve drowsy driving, which also contributes to up to 6,400 deaths per year, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The National Sleep Foundation is raising awareness of the danger of driving while drowsy, and educating drivers on sleep safety in ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins first-ever Bakersfield Marathon

For the first time in the history of Kern County, Bakersfield will be host to its first-ever 26-mile marathon that will run its course throughout the Greater Bakersfield area. The Bakersfield Marathon — scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13 — will take participants throughout iconic areas of Bakersfield including Stockdale Financial District, Kern County Museum, Bakersfield College, and near Chain | Cohn ...
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