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How to Know If a Pool Is Safe

By Renee Nordstrand on June 2, 2021

As the weather heats up, a lot of us are looking forward to fun get-togethers over the summer months. Backyard barbeques, visits to the beach, family road trips, and lots of pool parties. While “going to the pool” conjures up visions of fun with family and friends, it is important for everyone to keep pool safety in mind before going in for that swim.

Pools must be properly built and maintained by their owners, as failing to do so may lead to guests being injured or even killed. Whether an incident occurs in a pool at a private residence or a community recreational area, the owner of the pool may be liable for the victim’s damages.

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Can I Recover Punitive Damages After a Car Accident?

By Renee Nordstrand on April 14, 2021

After being injured by another driver, you may be angry at the person who hit you, frustrated with the insurance claims process, and concerned about your future. A single drunk driving accident could cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills, weeks to months in lost wages, and years of emotional trauma. Your best option may be to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your damages. In addition, in some cases, it may be possible for you to receive punitive damages in California.

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What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Laws and Children

By Renee Nordstrand on February 3, 2021

It is every parent’s worst nightmare to see their child severely injured. All parents want to protect their children, but sometimes, other people behave negligently, and children become injured as a result. There are a number of ways that a child could become seriously hurt, such as through dog attacks, slip-and-falls, swimming pool accidents, and so on. While parents can’t protect their children 100% of the time, especially when others are grossly negligent, they can file a claim to recover proper compensation on their child’s behalf. Read the rest »

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How to Minimize the Effects of an Electrical Injury

By Renee Nordstrand on December 3, 2020

While electricity has revolutionized the way we live our lives, the truth is that it can be a very dangerous source of energy. Electricity, when not properly controlled, can very easily lead to catastrophic injuries, and even death. Knowing how to properly respond to an electric shock could be the difference between life and death. Read the rest »

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California Wildfires: Are Utility Companies Liable?

By Renee Nordstrand on December 20, 2018

This is the question a lot of people are asking as thousands of Californians continue to reel from the devastating wildfires this year and last. Read the rest »

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Should I Handle My Own Legal Case?

By Renee Nordstrand on September 28, 2018

Simply put, you should never try to represent yourself in a California legal proceeding, whether you face a criminal charge against you, a lawsuit that you wish to file against someone else, or a lawsuit filed against you. The stakes are high, and you should always speak to a lawyer first about your situation. We may advise that there are steps you can take to help your own case, but generally, hiring a lawyer will ensure the best outcome. Read the rest »

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Lead in School Drinking Fountains

By Renee Nordstrand on March 5, 2018

When children are exposed to lead through the water in their school drinking fountains, the consequences can be disastrous. Read the rest »

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Keeping Our Children Safe at the Ocean

By Renee Nordstrand on October 7, 2017

beach-1204401_1920Going to the ocean with children is a uniquely fun experience, where kids and adults alike can play in the waves and enjoy the warm sand under their toes.

The beach is not without its risks, however, so it is important to keep kids safe both in and out of the water. When you trust someone else to take your kids to a Santa Barbara beach, make sure they understand the responsibilities they have. Read the rest »

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Is Failure to Perform a C-Section Considered Malpractice?

By Renee Nordstrand on June 13, 2017

birth-injuryYes, failing to perform a C-section when necessary, or performing one too late into a delivery, can certainly be considered medical malpractice. The details of each specific case will impact whether such an event is legally malpractice, but it is worth investigating and considering a civil suit when appropriate. There are numerous medical reasons to perform a C-section, including fetal distress and extended labor, placenta previa, and if the mother has had a C-section in the past. If a doctor in California fails to notice these factors in a reasonable time and either fails to perform a C-section or does so too late to prevent birth injury, then it can be grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. Read the rest »

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I was injured on Black Friday, what can I do?

By Renee Nordstrand on November 25, 2016

Depending on the specific details and nature of your injury, you may have a number of options available to you regarding a civil lawsuit after an injury in Santa Barbara County. In order to win a suit, you typically need to prove that you were injured, that someone else acted in a negligent way, or failed to use due care, and that their negligence was a substantial cause of your injury. That means there may be liability on the part of whoever caused you to be injured as well as the owner of the property on which you were injured.

While popular culture publicizes frivolous lawsuits running rampant in America, in reality, there are very strict grounds in California for winning a civil case. Of course you can file a lawsuit against someone if you feel they were at fault, but in order for your case to proceed, you must meet specific criteria. That is why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to look at your situation and help you understand your options.

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