Heiting & Irwin Attorneys At Law
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5885 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92506

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Reading iPhone Maps While Driving: Is It Ok?

iPhone Maps While Driving | Car Accident Attorneys | Heiting & IrwinWe all know that looking at your phone while driving is extremely distracting and that we shouldn’t do it. Ever. But using your phone as a GPS, glancing at the map every once in a while to make sure you’re on the right track, is inevitable and permitted (even though it may not be entirely safe).

Courts in California, according to a recent article from Associated Press, say drivers in California can legally read a map on a hand-held cell phone while operating a vehicle.

The California law that prohibits people from using their cell phones while driving got some clarification. [Read more...]

Driving in the Rain

Driving in the Rain | Car Accident Attorneys | Heiting & IrwinSouthern California is not getting lots of rain this winter season; but like any other weather condition, when it does rain, that rain has an effect on road conditions. Cooler weather and wet roads significantly increase the chances of an auto accident.

There are some extra precautions you should take while driving in moderate to heavy rainfall in order to avoid a wreck. The extra attention you give to driving while travelling on wet roads might save your life (and the lives of others). [Read more...]

James Otto Heiting named a 2014 “Super Lawyer”

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Heiting and Irwin is proud to announce that one of its own was named to this year’s list of “Super Lawyers.” James O. Heiting was named as a “Super Lawyer” in this year’s “Super Lawyers” magazine. This recognized Mr. Heiting as one of the top 5 percent of all California Lawyer.

Every year the best attorneys are nominated by their peers for this recognition, then the magazine’s attorney-led research team independently whittles down that list by using third party validating research through 12 different factors: “verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.”

The attorneys with the highest rankings in each practice area are requested to serve as panelists. These panelist-peers rate the remaining attorneys from 1-10 (10 being best).
Mr. Heiting is admitted to practice law in all of California’s courts, both state and federal. His primary area of practice is personal injury, including medical malpractice, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, and products liability.

Congratulations again on being recognized by your peers as one of the best lawyers in California.

Surveillance Cameras Capturing Elder Abuse

Nursing Home Surveillance | Riverside, CA | Heiting & IrwinMaintaining surveillance cameras in the rooms of elderly residents in long-term care facilities is becoming a more common way to capture the all-too-common abuse that occurs there.

According to an article from the New York Times, in a recent case, a nursing home aide was caught stuffing latex gloves into a dementia patient’s mouth by a surveillance camera that was placed in the patient’s room by a family member. The aide, along with another employee, taunted the patient and physically abused her—and it was all caught on camera for the family to later discover. [Read more...]

Cartoon Legal Humor

A mediation service sent our firm this post card.

Personal Injury Attorney Cartoon | Riverside, CA | Heiting & Irwin Attorneys At Law

The cartoon was originally created by a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Leo Cullum, who passed away in 2010.

Kid Ink Comes to Riverside

Kid Ink Concert | Riverside, CA | Heiting & IrwinThe popular and unique rapper Kid Ink is making a stop in Riverside, CA, on April 8. The artist will be at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium at 6 p.m. for a concert.

Ever since the release of his first signed mix tape in 2011, Kid Ink has gained popularity and has essentially “done it all.” The Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer is known for irresistible hooks and impressive verses. [Read more...]

It’s a Crazy System

Currently, in most California Workers’ Compensation cases you are required to treat with a physician within the insurance carriers Medical Provider Network (MPN) – their list of doctor? Then, when a physician, within the defendant insurance carriers MPN, seeks authorization for a specific type of treatment, said request typically is then sent by the insurance carrier to Utilization Review (UR) for approval and review, resulting in partial approval or even total denial.

The difficulty with UR is that they contract with the individual insurance carrier that is asking for this medical review and, in addition, the UR physician who decides whether or not the treating doctor’s request for treatment are granted, does not see or examine the applicant.

Once the denial or partial denial is received, the next level of review is the Independent Medical Review (IMR). This is a physician who again does not see or examine the individual, who is provided by an independent agency through a contact with the State of California. According to a reliable source, and based on current statistics, the physician performing the IMR sides (agrees) 80% of the time with the UR physician who contracts with the insurance carrier.

If it’s not a crazy system, I don’t know what is. There are two levels of review for treatment requests, by physicians who never speak with or examine the injured worker who then can, and, often do, deny the injured worker medical care recommended by a treating physician – who, again, was within their medical network.

To top things off, the IMR decision can be appealed, but the current criteria for appeal are so limiting that there is, in most cases, essentially no means to appeal the decision and have the matter heard by a judge. Not to mention the fact that the injured worker’s attorney has no current right to take the deposition of the IMR physician to question the basis for his/her opinions and/or to try to convince him or her that their opinion is not correct.

This system was intended, in large part, to provide medical treatment that would cure or relieve the effect of an employee’s injuries – but, it certainly doesn’t sound like it, does it! A complex system has only managed to get more complex and more problematic.


The serious, dire warnings of the television commercials soliciting callers for “IUD” litigation and “Mirena lawsuits” are unavoidable. But what is an “IUD” and what is the litigation about?

The phrase “IUD”, as it is commonly used, is an abbreviation for “intra-uterine device”, a type of birth control method where a small piece of plastic, shaped like a “T” , is inserted into a women’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD’s available in the United States contain either copper or hormones, which interfere with pregnancy by impacting the way the sperm move, preventing them from joining with the egg. Along with other potential benefits, this method of birth control can be the least expensive and longest lasting, with some sources indicating the copper IUD can last for over 10 years.

Unfortunately, the intended benefits have not always been realized by the patients, the members of the public that are implanted with the products. Complications and side effects from the use of the IUD’s include puncture of the uterus, infection, death, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), bleeding, inflammation, infertility, abscesses, permanent pelvic pain, and a myriad of other horrific, life-altering issues.

The bulk of the litigation assert product liability claims against the manufacturers, and those involved therein, claiming essentially that the products were unsafe and/or unfit for their intended purpose. Further claims may arise from any acts or omissions by medical practitioners that caused or contributed to the injuries suffered by the patient.

Many times, a single set of facts or circumstances can give rise to multiple types of litigation or claims. Because some claims are worth more than others, or face limitations that others do not, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to develop of course of action that will maximize your ability to fully recover for your injuries. At the law firm of Heiting & Irwin, our attorneys have over 100 years combined experience representing the interests of people who have been harmed by the actions of others. We offer free consultations, a warm and inviting office, and a friendly staff to anyone interested in speaking about a potential legal matter. If YOU would like to speak with someone about your circumstances, please call our office at (951) 682-6400 for a free consultation.

Are Smarter Cars Safer?

Self-Driving Cars | Heiting & Irwin | Riverside, CA

Bats are blind, but they can see.  With the use of sound waves, these flying mammals can navigate the airways, avoid obstacles, and find food.  Well, soon enough, our cars might be able to do something similar.

A research team made up of members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University are examining how a car’s infrared sensors could see around the obstacles that challenge drivers on the road.

These sensors, known as LiDAR, bounce infrared light off of objects up to 200 feet away and are sensitive enough to determine the difference between a paper bag and a small animal. [Read more...]

Labor Unions and Workers’ Compensation

Workers Compensation | Heiting and Irwin | Riverside, CAAmerican labor unions have seen a quick decline in membership for years, but a recent report shows that the diminishing membership has halted, for now.

The amount of American workers who belong to labor unions stayed the same in 2013, at 11.3% according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to a recent article from the LA Times, the report showed gains in some parts of the country, including the South. Other parts of the country showed declines in membership, like California. [Read more...]