Are Roundabouts Safe?

By Renee Nordstrand on April 11, 2022

A roundabout is an alternative to a traditional intersection. Using a roundabout can be confusing because it has no traffic lights or stops signs. Also known as a traffic circle, the traffic in a roundabout flows continuously in a counterclockwise direction.

Roundabouts are common in Europe, and they are growing in popularity across the United States, including in Santa Barbara. Roundabouts reduce traffic congestion, but they can be dangerous for drivers who aren’t used to them.

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Santa Barbara Airport Is Unsafe for Pedestrians

By Renee Nordstrand on March 17, 2022

Let’s face it, even in Santa Barbara, going to the airport is a big hassle. Crowds, long lines, and waiting around for your flight is no fun at all. And Covid makes it even more frustrating because you have to wear a mask and keep your distance when standing in line.

Now there’s another problem at the Santa Barbara Airport – there aren’t enough parking spaces. That means passengers need to arrive even earlier to avoid missing their flight. The congestion and confusion in the airport parking lot is a serious issue that could cause dangerous accidents involving drivers and pedestrians.

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Tips for Maximizing Your Car Accident Injury Claim

By Renee Nordstrand on February 15, 2022

Financial compensation can’t take away the pain, stress, and upset of a serious car accident caused by someone else’s negligence. It can make it easier to receive the medical care you need and ease the stress of being forced to take time away from work because of your injuries. Our experienced Southern California personal injury lawyers can help you maximize your compensation for a car injury claim.

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More Bicycle Accidents and Auto Crash Fatalities During the Covid Crisis

By Renee Nordstrand on January 20, 2022

With lockdowns and more people working from home, the global pandemic significantly reduced traffic in California and across the nation. You would expect bicycle accidents and traffic deaths to decrease accordingly. In fact, the reverse occurred. Traffic fatalities have actually increased during the Covid crisis.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Brain Injuries Could Have Subtle Symptoms

By Renee Nordstrand on December 15, 2021

Trauma to the head is common in motor vehicle, bicycle accidents, and falls. A person may suffer injury to the brain that goes undetected by medical professionals, with symptoms that begin to appear during the first 72 hours after the injury. This condition, known as subtle brain injury (SBI), can have life-altering consequences for victims and their families.

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Posted in: Brain Injury

Theme Park Accidents Due to COVID Understaffing

By Renee Nordstrand on November 12, 2021

Theme parks in Southern California are struggling to find workers to fill open positions as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, according to The OCR. Like other employers, theme parks are offering higher wages and other incentives to attract the employees they need, but in the meantime, staffing shortages in theme parks can lead to serious injuries for guests.

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Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Honored by Mayor Murillo

By Renee Nordstrand on November 2, 2021

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) was one of four local organizations honored during the 16th annual Santa Barbara Mayor’s Award ceremony by Mayor Cathy Murillo on Thursday, October 28, 2021. They were recognized for their outstanding support of people with disabilities.

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New California Ballot Initiative in 2022 Adjusts Limitations in Medical Negligence Cases

By Renee Nordstrand on October 5, 2021

An empty operating room in a hospital.Medical professionals can be held liable in medical malpractice lawsuits for injuries they cause their patients through negligence. In 1975 California set a cap of $250,000 for medical malpractice noneconomic damages. These types of damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional trauma, scarring and disfigurement, and diminished quality of life. A new ballot initiative proposes to increase the $250,000 cap based on inflation since 1975.

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Posted in: Medical Law

Getting Treatment With Delta Fears

By Renee Nordstrand on September 15, 2021

One of the greatest fears underlying the COVID-19 pandemic has been that the healthcare system would be overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of patients, and others needing care would have to be turned away. Now that the Delta variant is surging in California and other areas of the country, some hospitals have been forced to ration care. Despite the crowding in hospitals the pandemic has caused, you can still receive treatment if you have been injured in an accident.

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Posted in: COVID-19

How to Know if a Dog Is Dangerous to Your Child

By Renee Nordstrand on August 11, 2021

A brown and white bulldog sitting on the porch of a houseMany of our friends and neighbors across the country took the time to adopt dogs this past year, and we applaud their commitment to taking care of our furry friends. Unfortunately, most new dog owners discovered the difficulties of training and socializing a pet during lockdown. Dogs, especially ones that were rehomed or rescues, may have a hard time behaving around strangers, loud noises, and in new areas. Poor training naturally leads to more aggressive dogs, and they can be dangerous to children who do not know how to keep themselves safe.

No one wants to demonize man’s best friends, but it is important for parents to teach their children about aggressive dogs to avoid a painful and traumatic bite. At NordstrandBlack PC, we want dog owners and their neighbors to have all the information they need to keep themselves safe, which is why we are here to explain how to spot an aggressive dog and how to teach your kids to be safe.

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