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Who Is Liable for Injuries at a Rental Home?

By Renee Nordstrand on June 28, 2021

With Airbnb becoming an increasingly popular way for people to rent out vacation homes, more people than ever are flocking to the California coast. But with the growing usage of Airbnb, there is a question of who is responsible if a renter is injured while staying at someone else’s home – is it the renter, or the owner? This question may also apply to vacation homes and traditional bed and breakfasts if an accident occurs on the premises.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Wildfire Insurance Claims

By Renee Nordstrand on December 26, 2020

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.

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Recent Regulations Make Santa Barbara Parks Safer

By Renee Nordstrand on March 16, 2020

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 »

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A Retailer’s Responsibility for a Slip and Fall

By Renee Nordstrand on February 25, 2019

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 »

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What You Should Know About Liability After a Fall Down Stairs

By Renee Nordstrand on November 30, 2018

“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 »

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Walk Up in the Club, then Trip and Fall

By Renee Nordstrand on July 31, 2018

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 »

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Watch Out for Cars Crashing Into Businesses

By Renee Nordstrand on July 3, 2018

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 »

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Did You Stay Safe This Spring Break?

By Renee Nordstrand on April 17, 2018

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 »

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Dealing with Mudslides

By Renee Nordstrand on February 20, 2018

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 »

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Be Wary of Premises Liability During the Holidays

By Renee Nordstrand on December 23, 2016

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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