Heiting & Irwin Attorneys At Law

5885 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
United States
Phone: (951) 682-6400
Fax: (951) 682-4072
Email: contact@heitingandirwin.com

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October Community Events in Riverside, California

UntitledAt Heiting & Irwin Attorneys At Law, our attorneys enjoy spending time with their families and we encourage our staff to do the same as much as possible. While we are dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional legal services when they are suffering from physical, emotional, and financial damages after being injured because of the negligence of another party, we also know the importance of spending time with family and friends. Riverside community events are the perfect time for us to relax with our family and friends and to meet new friends in our community. Of course, if you need us for any reason, we are always here for you. Just contact our office to reach one of our highly-trained and friendly legal staff members who will assist you with your questions and needs.

With October being the “spooky” month of the year, we are looking forward to attending some of the Riverside family-friendly events planned around a “spooky” theme. Of course, the adults need to have some fun too; therefore, there are a few events just for us adults. Let’s enjoy some spooky fun in Riverside this October. [Read more…]

American Museum of Tort Law Opens in Connecticut

26nader1-master675Ralph Nader, American political activist, Presidential candidate, and successful consumer rights attorney, has opened a museum – a Tort Law Museum.

The American Museum of Tort Law is located in Winstead, Connecticut and aims to educate visitors on the evolution of tort lawand featuring exhibits from some of the most groundbreaking cases of the last 50 years. Exhibits regarding the Dalkon Shield, the Chevrolet Corvair, the Ford Pinto, and tobacco litigation are all present. [Read more…]


If you are injured while performing services or completing a job for another person or company do not assume you are an independent contractor–and, therefore, not entitled to the benefits available to employees under the California Workers’ Compensation System.

In certain circumstances, individuals injured “on the job” will receive a letter from their “employer” or their employer’s insurance company that they are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits because they are not an employee under the law. Do not assume this is correct. There is often a very fine line as to whether an individual is considered an employee or an independent contractor.


An employee, generally speaking, is an individual who, while performing services for another individual or company, is under their direction and control as to the details and manner in which the work is to be done. However, there are many factors that enter into this determination, just a few which include whether type of job, the manner of payment, who provides the tools and implements to do the job or whether there is supervision, etc.

Clearly, if you are injured while performing services on behalf of another person or company and are denied workers’ compensation benefits, you have nothing to lose – seek out the opinion of an attorney familiar with these issues, preferably a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.


In today’s modern social-media rich environment, it has become increasingly important to manage one’s personal and private information in order to protect against identity theft, fraud, and the like. As participants in a lawsuit, plaintiffs and defendants alike are often required to disclose a great deal of personal information, including financial and medical documents, identification information, and background details. However, one’s mere participation in a lawsuit does not automatically waive the right to privacy, and experienced, competent attorneys can assist clients in protecting their personal information.

For example, in the course of a personal injury lawsuit, a party’s personal information is often collected by a professional photocopier who makes distribution to the appropriate parties. These professional photocopiers are required by law to keep copies of the information collected for at least 6 months after the final resolution of the legal matter. Code of Civil Procedure, Section 2020.440. Maintenance of those files arguably creates a risk of exposing that personal information, especially in light of the ever-advancing developments in electronic technology and criminal activity.

However, the best defense, as it were, is a good offense, and the skilled attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are experienced in navigating the waters of discovery. We work tirelessly and diligently to protect our clients’ rights to keep their personal information private by narrowly tailoring the scope of discovery to only those matters at issue in the case. By doing so, we limit the invasion caused by the litigation process, protecting from disclosure as much personal information as possible.

While most clients are not thinking about protecting their personal information when they first call us, Heiting & Irwin is on the job from day one. We offer free consultations, a warm and inviting office, and a friendly staff to anyone interested in speaking about a potential legal matter with a law firm with over 35 years of experience in catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, auto and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, premises liability, products liability, elder abuse/nursing home negligence, and Worker’s Compensation claims.

James Otto Heiting Once Again Honored as a Super Lawyer

James Otto Heiting has, once again, been chosen as a 2015 Super Lawyer.

We are very proud to have Mr. Heiting as our founding and managing partner and we are happy that he has been recognized for his outstanding work.

Read all about him and this accomplishment here.

California Senator Proposes Changes to Jury Selection – James Otto Heiting Responds

California Senator, Marty Block, introduced Senate Bill 213 which would, in criminal misdemeanor jury trials, reduce the number of peremptory challenges from 10 to 6.  An interview with Senator Block, as well as reactions from those in the legal community, including our own James Otto Heiting, can be found here.


Summer’s Not Over Yet—Check Out these Fun Events in Riverside

image2-3The days are only getting hotter, and the kids are once again gearing up for another school year. But before you dust off the backpacks and lunch boxes, there’s still plenty of summer fun left in Riverside, California. Here at Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law, we like to relax with our families at Riverside’s Fairmount Park. Whether you’re looking to spend the day cooling off at the pool or basking the August heat with a picnic, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Fairmount Summer Concert Series

Location: Fairmount Park                                            

Date: Wednesday, August 5    

Time: 6:00 P.M.

Don’t miss the last concert in the summer series featuring the Original Sacrifice Band. Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks for this free event at the park.

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While researching issues on a pending medical negligence action, I came across a study by THE DOCTORS COMPANY, describing the top four reasons (as described by patients) for claims made against emergency physicians.

The first and by far most common allegation is failure to diagnose, delay in diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of the underlying condition. The most common conditions leading to the medical emergency(s) were acute cerebral vascular accidents and myocardial infarctions (MI).

The second most common allegation of emergency medical negligence was improper management of treatment, such as failure to stabilize a fracture resulting in further damage. This is just one example.

The third allegation involved improper performance of the proposed treatment or procedure. This included issues involving intubation of the respiratory tract and poor suturing of a wound (just to name a few), causing additional harm.

Finally, the last category described giving rise to emergency medical claims is failure to order medication. It is difficult to imagine how this could occur, however, it appears to be a common claim.

Whether the emergency room is overcrowded, understaffed, subject to long wait periods, or non-communication, patients are entitled to the best medical care available, especially in emergency situations. The key seems to be communication with the physicians and staff and understanding the diagnosis, treatment and referrals. Patients know their condition(s) better than the physician, but should also listen carefully and follow the advice given. Don’t be afraid to speak up!

If you have a potential claim for medical neglect, whether emergency medicine related or any other medical specialty, the attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are available for an initial free consultation of your potential claim.


As an attorney who specializes in Workers’ Compensation law it is easy for me to recommend that you get an attorney to represent you if you are injured on the job. The reason for this is simple, there are so many twists and turns, as well as pitfalls in the current Workers’ Compensation system, it just doesn’t make sense not to hire an attorney. Keep in mind that the attorney fee is limited to only 12-15% of your settlement. Furthermore, most knowledgeable attorneys will more than make up this small deduction from your settlement.

More importantly, however, is that you need to know certain limitations about your Workers’ Compensation case from the very beginning. Specifically, you need to know that your Workers’ Compensation case:

  • Will not reimburse you for your actual loss of earnings;
  • Will not compensate you for your loss of earnings capacity – after all you are no longer the same healthy unimpaired individual that you were before your injury;
  • Will not compensate loss of pension, profit sharing or retirement benefits caused by the loss of a job due to serious injury;
  • Will not compensate you for the loss of important insurance benefits which may be lost as a result of your injury;
  • Will not compensate you for your actual “pain and suffering” – at least not in the same sense that certain civil litigation might do so;
  • Will not “make you whole” financially – not to mention physically or emotionally; and
  • Will not make up for lost job.

In short, the best thing you can do, at least from financial perspective, is to keep working – if at all possible. This does not mean that you shouldn’t pursue your fill Workers’ Compensation rights and benefits with the help of a lawyer specializing in this area. It merely means that you need to know the limitations of the system, with your eyes wide open, so that you are not blind-sided sometime in the future.

Please note that there are many other limitations/concerns which should be addressed by your attorney during the course of your litigation. As such, do not be shy about asking questions and voicing your concerns.

Passenger may be liable for death after telling driver to “go faster!”

Be careful when encouraging your driver to take risks.  A recent California case held that a passenger could potentially be found liable by a jury for her role in encouraging a driver to “go faster” along a road which ultimately led to a crash and a death. [Read more…]