The Long-Term Complications of Traumatic Brain Injuries

By Renee Nordstrand on March 20, 2024

Images of a head from an MRI

TBI has a dramatic impact on the lives of injury victims and the people who care for them, which is a much larger issue than many people realize. In fact, more than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with brain injury disabilities.

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Posted in: Brain Injury

The Risk of Injury We Face on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

By Renee Nordstrand on February 28, 2024

Men in green hats drinking in a bar. Saint Patricks day celebration.

It seems like everybody wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. There’s nothing wrong with going out and having some fun, but St. Patrick’s Day and the closest weekend to it is a time of increased injuries and fatalities. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 57 people were killed in alcohol-related automobile crashes during a recent St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Why Are Falls on Construction Sites So Common?

By Renee Nordstrand on January 20, 2024

A man wearing his construction worker outfit on the ground after falling off a ladder.

Construction sites are dangerous places, and falls are one of the most hazardous types of construction injuries. Almost half of all workplace falls happen in the construction industry, and over one-third of construction site fatalities are the result of falls. In a recent year, there were  92 construction accident fatalities in California, which is more than any other industry.

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How Dashcam Footage Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

By Renee Nordstrand on December 28, 2023

There are a lot of good reasons to get a dashcam. It will improve security, deter vandalism, and help prevent fraudulent claims. If you get in an accident, dashcam footage can be used to verify the claim you file with an insurance company.

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Posted in: Car Accident

What Makes Motorcycles So Much More Dangerous Than Cars?

By Renee Nordstrand on November 20, 2023

A motorcycle on the ground in an intersection after an accident.

It’s not surprising that California has more motorcycle riders than any other state. Of course, California has the largest population, but there are additional reasons why motorcycles are popular in the Golden State. Our short rainy season makes it possible for people to use motorcycles to get around town and commute to work almost year-round.

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Posted in: Motorcycle Accident

Fact Check: Is Jaywalking Really Legal in California Now?

By Renee Nordstrand on October 5, 2023

Woman jay walking, we see headlights behind her.

You may have heard that jaywalking is now legal in California, but this is incorrect. Jaywalking is still against the law, but as of January 1, 2023, police are no longer permitted to stop pedestrians and issue citations for jaywalking unless the person who is crossing the street is creating a hazard.

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Parent Liability When a Child Harms Others While Riding an E-bike

By Renee Nordstrand on September 20, 2023

Painting of an electrical bike on pavement

E-bikes are growing in popularity because they are a fun and convenient way to get around. Many parents in California are buying e-bikes for their children. Parents, however, need to be aware that they may be held liable if a passenger, pedestrian, or someone else is injured due to an e-bike crash caused by their child’s actions.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Did You Get a Jury Duty Summons in Santa Barbara County?

By Renee Nordstrand on August 20, 2023

Empty jury box in a court room

Although I often hear people complain when they get summoned for jury duty it truly is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to participate in our democracy. Our legal system relies on citizen jurors. This is a serious and important civic duty, and it provides the bedrock of justice for everyone. All persons who are accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute have a constitutional right to have their case decided by a jury.

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Posted in: Law & Information

Keeping You Safe-NordstrandBlack’s Summer Bike Helmet Giveaway

By Renee Nordstrand on August 7, 2023

Riding a bike is a wonderful activity that the whole family can enjoy, and there’s no better place to ride than Santa Barbara, CA. There are beautiful beaches, exquisite views, a temperate climate, and endless sunny days. Santa Barbara County is also home to several spectacular bike trails.

Our team at NordstrandBlack PC loves residing in Santa Barbara, and we consider it a privilege to give back to our community whenever possible. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our Summer Bike Helmet Giveaway. We’re giving away six brand-new bicycle helmets to local Santa Barbara County residents. With just a few clicks on your phone or computer, entering our contest is easy!

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Posted in: Law Firm News

Announcing Our Second 2023 College Scholarship Winner

By Renee Nordstrand on July 7, 2023

A sea of graduates with caps and gowns.

We received several outstanding submissions for this year’s college scholarship. The initial plan was to select one winner, but two entrants stood out for their excellence and impressive dedication to success. Therefore, we decided to award two $500 scholarships this year.

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Posted in: Law Firm News