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Can I Be Terminated While On Workers Comp in California?

If you or somebody you care about sustains an injury while at work in California, you should be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and possible disability benefits. However, there are times when employers do not respond appropriately after an employee is injured on the job. In fact, sometimes employers terminate employees who are collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Here, we want to discuss whether or not you can be ... Read More

Spinal Cord Injuries – Part 1: Overview

Spinal cord injuries are particularly devastating to accident victims. Spine injuries affect the part of the body that controls movement and sensation, often resulting in paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. The law refers to spinal injuries as “catastrophic,” or injuries that result in long-term disability to the victim. There is no cure for spine injuries.

About 17,000 new spinal injuries occur every year, not including those who die from these injuries at the scene of the accident. At Bentley & More, LLP, we’ve helped victims with permanent damage from spinal injuries due to slip and falls, workplace accidents, car crashes, and more. Let us help you protect your financial future after a serious injury.

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Co-Founders Greg Bentley & Keith More featured as 2021 Super Lawyers

Greg Bentley & Keith More, Co-Founders of Bentley & More LLP, were recognized in the 2021 Super Lawyers publication rated as Top 50 in Orange County & Top 100 in Southern California. Both Greg & Keith are  storytellers with a winning attitude and are true champions at heart. “One of the best ways to advocate for a client is to get to know them so you can tell their story. Our role is to guide clients through an uncomfortable period in their lives, often their darkest, get full compensation for their harm, and get answers as to what happened,” Bentley says. “We are a calming influence in a relationship-building process that lasts long after the case is over,” More adds.


G R E G  B E N T L E Y

Greg is the leading litigator on E-cigarette explosion cases throughout the nation and recently obtained a confidential eight-figure settlement on behalf of a wide range of clients injured by alleged product defects with a variety of injuries. Greg knew from an early age that he wanted to be a lawyer.

“I ‘ve always chimed in when I saw something wrong. As I grew up and argued with my parents and other adults, and did so respectfully and convincingly, people would say that I should be a lawyer. I just knew it was something I wanted to do.”

Mr. Bentley’s track record reflects a career dedicated to protecting consumers. Mr. Bentley’s fight for consumers includes leadership positions in various organizations and in 2019 Mr. Bentley was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on the Orange County Judicial Selection Advisory Committee.


K E I T H  M O R E

K E I T H  M O R E

Keith has been practicing law for over 32 and still has the desire and motivation to take on the most challenging, life changing cases. He has been selected an unprecedented 4-times as the OCTLA Top Gun in Workers’ Comp.  in 2019, More arbitrated a Personal Injury & Work Comp cross-over case to the tune of 44.1 million dollars. Keith also knew from an early age that he would find a career in the law.

“I have always wanted to be a lawyer ever since I was eight years old. My parents went through a brutal divorce and from then on, I wanted to help people. I also used to stay up late and watch Perry Mason and that inspired me as well.”

Beyond the personal accolades, however, is a lawyer who cares about those he represents. For one 22 year old tetraplegic whose spinal cord injuries resulted from his unprotected fall through a sky light, attorney Keith P. More obtained a settlement of $14.7 million, the largest award in California workers’ compensation history. Over his 32 year career, Keith has taken on some of the largest corporations in the world. Besides the in court awards, Keith is most proud of his ability to connect with his clients. It’s not just about being the lawyer. It’s about being their voice and telling their story. Keith goes the extra mile.

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Korea News covers Bentley & More e-cigarette lawsuit against Samsung

Korea News Plus covers the ongoing Bentley & More LLP e-cigarette lawsuit against Samsung.

Click HERE for the full article in Korea News Plus

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Co-Founding Partners Greg Bentley & Keith More featured in Super Lawyers Magazine as Top Attorneys

We are proud to be featured in both this month’s Orange Coast Magazine & Super Lawyers Magazine as Super Lawyers Top Attorneys. Congrats Greg & Keith on 10+ years of being named in Super Lawyers Annual List of Top Attorneys. #top50inOC #top100inSoCal


Since its founding in 2016, Bentley & More LLP has litigated on behalf of injured victims and

workers throughout California and the U.S., securing untold millions in compensation. The firm

continues to have the resources, experience and creativity to handle the most complex cases.

At Bentley & More, the attorneys listen closely to their clients. They develop a deep understanding

of each client’s unique story, then devise customized solutions to challenging, often life-changing

problems. Fueled by their compassion for their clients and their drive for justice, these lawyers

provide hard-hitting representation that delivers maximum results.

The firm’s winning record extends to personal injury, wrongful death, automobile crashes,

product liability, workers’ compensation, insurance bad faith, e-cig explosions, and injury and

property loss from the California wildfires.

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Bentley & More LLP: Court denies electronics giant Samsung SDI’s attempt to dismiss punitive damages in e-cigarette explosion lawsuit per your instructions.

Gregory L. Bentley, Matthew Clark, Jaimi Groothuis and Farnaz Salessi of Bentley & More LLP obtained a favorable ruling on a motion for summary judgment/adjudication filed by Korean electronics giant Samsung SDI in a case involving an exploding e-cigarette Samsung lithium-ion battery. According to the complaint, Bentley & More’s client had purchased the Samsung batteries on the recommendation of an e-cig retailer, and used them without issue until April 14, 2018, when the Samsung battery exploded in his pocket, inflicting second- and third-degree burns on his left leg and genitalia, requiring a brutal skin-graft surgery, and leaving him with permanent scarring, discoloration, and hyper-sensitivity.

According to the lawsuit, Samsung had known since at least January 2016 that individual consumers were purchasing and using Samsung batteries for use in electronic cigarettes—a use that Samsung allegedly knew would subject consumers to potential harm. Instead of taking meaningful action to limit the risk or remove its batteries from the marketplace, Samsung ignored the problem, failed to even attempt to discern its scope, and instead placed profits over public safety by continuing to flood the market with hundreds of millions of its batteries—resulting in at least 88 cases filed against Samsung for similar battery explosion issues.  In the ruling at issue here, the Court denied Samsung’s attempt to summarily dismiss the case, and found triable issues of fact as to both Samsung’s liability for the explosion, and Samsung’s culpability for punitive damages, which are designed to punish and deter manufacturers from knowingly distributing harmful, dangerous products.

CLICK HERE for the full Press Release.

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Bentley & More LLP reaches an 8-Figure Settlement on behalf of California Wildfire Underinsurance Claims

Greg Bentley, Matthew Clark, and Farnaz Salessi of Bentley & More LLP reached a confidential 8-figure settlement on behalf of multiple homeowners who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. Despite maintaining insurance with the same carrier for years, and despite the insurance company recommending and even selecting the policy limits, the devastating wildfires left the homeowners without adequate insurance to even begin rebuilding their lost homes.

 

This underinsurance problem—all too common in the property insurance industry—was instigated by insurers falsely promising to conduct detailed estimates of replacement cost value, falsely claiming they revised that estimate yearly to account for changes in construction costs, and by relying on software that knowingly underestimates the cost to rebuild insureds’ homes.  Despite the vast majority of homeowners believing they are adequately insured, these factors have combined to leave upwards of 80% of homes throughout the United States underinsured in the event of a total, catastrophic loss.  With natural disasters seeming to arrive ever more frequently, this underinsurance problem is sure to be magnified in the years to come.

 

Though the families can never get back the four years of struggle with their insurer, due to the efforts of Bentley & More LLP, this settlement will allow the families to regain some semblance of normalcy by rebuilding their homes and trying to move on with their lives.

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The attorneys at Bentley & More remain committed to exceptional client service during the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact us today remotely.