The wildfires raging on the West Coast in 2020 mark the worst fires that California has experienced yet. Over 4 million acres have burned, and that number is likely to go up before the fires are fully under control.
While Californians are not strangers to fires, many who have lost their homes in this latest blaze may be left wondering what exactly their options are. Thankfully, wildfires are covered under most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies. If they are not, you are usually able to purchase fire insurance separately thanks to the California FAIR plan.
However, insurance companies are rarely, if ever, on your side. More likely than not, they will try to force you to take a far lower settlement than you deserve. That being said, after a fire, there are some steps you can follow to maximize your recovery. Read the rest »
Parks and playgrounds are the perfect places to take the family for some fresh air. Santa Barbara has many amazing parks just waiting for the public to enjoy. However, there are some new rules you should be aware of before planning your family outing. Read the rest »
When you’re out shopping in downtown Santa Barbara, you not only expect great customer service and good buys, but to be in a safe environment. And yet, slips and falls in retail stores are common and can be downright dangerous. Read the rest »
“Stair fall premises liability” might seem like a complicated subject, but it has a simple definition. It refers specifically to who is at fault when someone falls down a flight of stairs and is injured. Read the rest »
Going out to a nightclub or bar after a long week at work is a great way to relax, have fun, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Santa Barbara. But what happens when a person gets seriously injured in a club incident? What happens if another disaster, like the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2003, the 2016 Oakland warehouse fire, or the famous Cocoanut Grove fire in 1942, rips through a crowded club? Read the rest »
While we know that we take certain risks by getting behind the wheel of a car every day, there is a rare danger of being struck by a vehicle while sitting in front of the TV, eating at a restaurant, browsing in a retail store, or being at work.
Across the United States, there are about 60 collisions involving vehicles and buildings every day, often resulting in serious injuries and deaths. Read the rest »
Spring break is a great time to let loose and have some fun before the seemingly endless work and studying for finals. But whether you are a college student, or just looking to take your kids on a holiday to Santa Barbara, we at NordstrandBlack PC urge you to be careful and stay safe. Of course, no matter how careful you are, there is always the possibility that someone else will be reckless or irresponsible and hurt you.
Even though spring break is officially over, here are a few things to keep in mind to prevent accidents, and tips to keep you safe when someone else is being dangerous: Read the rest »
After intense California wildfires in 2017, Santa Barbara County suffered another disaster on January 9, 2018, when mudslides devastated the coastal community of Montecito. At least 21 people were killed and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed. Highway 101 was shut down for 10 days, and thousands of residents were deeply affected by the tragedy and loss of income.
As Montecito residents, we mourn the loss and are offering free legal consultation to those affected. Read the rest »
Most holiday shoppers hope for bargains and deals when they think of the local malls and shopping centers. During this busy time of year the reality is that not all retail establishments take adequate precautions to protect the safety and security of their clientele and visitors.
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In March of this year, Reneé J. Nordstrand helped a client gain a favorable jury verdict in a case in which the client was harmed in a trip-and-fall accident. The woman tripped over a raised brick adjacent to an inadequately lit walkway in a Santa Barbara apartment complex. As a result, the woman fell and broke her left hip.
The fall and injury resulted in severe medical consequences for the client, who suffered four hip dislocations during the course of recovery and had to undergo three hip surgeries, including a partial hip replacement.
Ms. Nordstrand contended — and was able to prove — that the property owners had violated several building codes. That led the jury to conclude that those violations had most likely contributed directly to the woman’s fall and injury. The jury consequently awarded the client a total of $794,380.61. The award was reduced by 74% because the jury found that the client was under the influence of narcotic medications at the time of the fall. Read the rest »