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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

slip-and-fall5Most 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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Jury Awards Nearly $800,000 in Santa Barbara Premises Liability Case

By Renee Nordstrand on September 16, 2013

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 »

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Community Celebrates New Fence Near Isla Vista Cliffs

By Renee Nordstrand on May 20, 2013

A section of an Isla Vista bluff at Walter Capps Park may have just gotten safer for members of the community.

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony that involved Santa Barbara County officials, members of the community, students from UC Santa Barbara and park personnel, a 390-foot fence at the park was officially unveiled. The hope is that the fence, which now provides a barrier between the public park and the cliffs overlooking the ocean, will help stymie a rash of falls that have left people injured or dead over the years.

Supervisor for the 3rd District, Doreen Farr, was at the unveiling and said that this last cliff barrier to be installed on Isla Vista public land was “a long time coming.” The project was collaboration between private groups, the UCSB Associated Students, the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District and Santa Barbara County parks. Private funding and donations were obtained to complete the project that had been stalled for several years.

This news comes on the heels of the death of a UC Santa Barbara student from Santa Rosa who reportedly fell to her death from an Isla Vista bluff last month following the break-up of a “Deltopia” party.

The property liability attorneys at the Law Office of Reneé J. Nordstrand applaud the erection of the fence designed to protect the public from falls that can result in serious injuries and death. One has to wonder, as the Supervisor for the 3rd District noted, why it took so long to happen.

Whether it is public or private land, it is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure that property is free from hazards that can result in injuries or death. If you believe you have suffered an injury, or if a loved one has been lost, due to a property owner’s negligence, you should contact us for a consultation and review of your legal options.

We can be reached at our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022 or our Encino office at (818) 981-3530. You can rely on our years of experience for sure-handed guidance to protect your legal rights.

 

UCSB Student Files Lawsuit in ‘Deltopia’ Balcony Collapse

By Renee Nordstrand on May 9, 2013

A 21-year-old University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) student, who was injured after a balcony collapsed at a fraternity house during a Deltopia street party, has filed a negligence and liability lawsuit against the owner and the property manager of the residence.

The lawsuit claims that the student, a UCSB senior from Los Angeles, suffered a fractured pelvis when the balcony collapsed on her from above. At least 20 people were on the balcony when it failed and fell to the ground.

The suit contends that the property management company, Ronald Wolfe and Associates, and the Elliot Family Trust, which owns the property, knew there were long-standing problems with wood rot and termites in the balcony, but did nothing to rectify the problem.  The student’s attorney told NoozHawk.com that the collapse of the balcony “wasn’t a question of if, but when.”

Reportedly, the young woman is still healing from her injuries and cannot work at her job as a lifeguard at the university. While the exact dollar amount the lawsuit is seeking has not been revealed, NoozHawk reports that the student’s medical bills have already surpassed $25,000 and that she has no medical insurance.

The property was insured and the plaintiff’s attorney speculates that many of those injured in the balcony collapse may have already signed agreements with the insurance company for small amounts of cash without realizing how serious their injuries may be.

“At the end of the day, we just want [our client] to be taken care of,” he told Noozhawk.

Have you suffered an injury caused by dangerous property conditions? The premises liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand stand ready to represent you whether you have been injured at a private home, at a business or on public property. We are dedicated to getting you fair compensation for your injuries.

Do you have questions about your legal rights or how to continue with your case? Call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022 or our Encino office at (818) 981-3530. You don’t pay any legal fees unless we win your case.

 

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