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December 19, 2019

Man and Woman with Broken Down Car on HighwayIn 2018, nearly one in four vehicles on the road was under active recall, translating to around 47 million recalled vehicles in the U.S. last year. The domestic manufacturers who saw the highest number of recalls were, in order:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors (GM)
  • Fiat Chrysler (FCA)

The international manufacturers who saw the highest number of recalls were, in order:

  • BMW
  • ...
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December 09, 2019

Christmas Tree With Fire in the BackgroundMany of our most cherished and intimate holiday celebrations require fire. From candles on the table to lights on the tree, both open flame and electricity can pose risk for serious burn injury. Taking steps to prevent burn injury and home fires is an important part of ensuring the holidays are enjoyed by all.


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November 12, 2019

Are you driving a lemon? In the state of California, there are some pretty simple ways to find out. Has your car:

  • Been in the shop more than twice for the same issue?
  • Been in the shop for more than 30 days, cumulatively, for the same issue?

If you can answer yes to either of these questions and your vehicle is newer than three years old or has been driven for fewer than 18,000 miles, you may be entitled to a replacement or a repair.

Most Lemon Law cases involve vehicles that are still under the manufacturer’s...

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October 25, 2019

Mechanic with clipboardAround 1% of all vehicles sold in the state of California are lemons – vehicles that will never perform as advertised or promised due to one or more defects. If you have purchased a lemon, you are entitled to a refund or a replacement under California Lemon Law. The best way to find out is through a free case review at the Redondo Beach office of Kirtland & Packard.


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October 17, 2019

Man with broken down vehilce on highwayGeneral Motors (GM) is an auto giant. The parent company of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC, GM sells millions of cars, trucks, and SUVs in the United States every year. Some of these cars are, by legal standards, lemons.

Under California Lemon Laws, if your GM has demonstrated persistent mechanical or functionality issues within the first 18 months or 18,000...

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September 18, 2019

Spinal cord injury (SCI) can be permanent depending on the location and severity of the injury. The type of SCI sustained, in addition to the health and medical history of the patient, will play the largest roles in determining the permanence of the injury.

Parts of the Spine

The spine is broken into four parts:

  • Cervical Spine: from the shoulders to the base of the skull
  • Thoracic Spine: from the mid-back to the space in between the shoulder blades
  • Lumbar Spine:...
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August 20, 2019

Outstanding Young Women Lawyers | Los Angeles Magazine | Heather Baker DobbsKirtland & Packard attorney Heather Baker Dobbs has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Women Lawyer in the Top Lawyers issue of Los Angeles Magazine. This recognition is awarded to a select few attorneys every year and is based on 12 different criteria including peer nomination and peer evaluations.


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July 18, 2019

Wrongful death refers to any loss of life caused by the actions or inaction of another party. In the state of California, wrongful death lawsuits can be filed by family members who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, corporation, or even government entity. The best way to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney.

Typically, a wrongful death suit may be...

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June 24, 2019

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to know who can be held liable for your damages. This may include the drivers of other vehicles, motorcycle or parts manufacturers, and even government entities. Due to the complex nature of these cases, it is always best to discuss your accident with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can investigate the crash to determine who can be sued for compensation.

California is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that you may be entitled to take legal action following a motorcycle accident even if your own...

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June 14, 2019

Wrongful death occurs when a life is lost in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Following a wrongful death, certain parties may be entitled to seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost income, and related damages.

The best way to determine if you are able to file a wrongful death claim is through a one-on-one consultation at our Redondo Beach office. During this conversation, we will listen to your story, provide honest information about your options, and help you choose the best way to move forward.


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