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The Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand Obtains $545,000 Settlement in Bicycle Injury Accident

By Renee Nordstrand on November 15, 2012

Sometimes, all it takes is one careless or negligent move by a motorist to turn a person’s life and plans upside-down forever.

Such was the case of a client who was struck by a truck while he was riding his bike on Carrillo Street in 2008. The young man was planning on becoming a Navy Seal and he had moved to Santa Barbara to study at Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC) to get his Associates Degrees in Marine Diving Technology and Marine Biology. He was extremely active and had recently completed the application process to become a Los Angeles County Beach Life Guard — finishing 76th out of 500 applicants.

He had been working part-time as a commercial diver to make ends meet while attending SBCC.

On Dec. 31, 2008, his life was irretrievably altered. A tired surfer driving a Dodge Ram truck had gotten stuck behind a slow-moving, three-wheeled traffic-control vehicle on Carrillo Street. Impatient to get around the vehicle, the driver of the truck illegally moved into the bicycle lane to pass the vehicle and struck our client.

He suffered a litany of injuries including: visual disturbances, cognitive compromises, loss of taste and smell, depression, severe hip, thigh, and groin injuries, and deep vein thrombosis.

Sadly, as a result of his injuries, his pursuit of an active lifestyle was permanently compromised and he could no longer work as a commercial diver and his lifelong dream of becoming a Navy Seal was effectively over.

In October of 2010, the Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand was able to win an award of $554,856 for our client to cover his medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

The bicycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Renée J. Nordstrand promise that we will aggressively seek compensation for your injuries and damages. Are you wondering whether you have a personal injury case? Our lawyers can help you determine the best course of action. If you’ve been injured by a negligent, fatigued, or careless driver, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022. Your case review is free.

The Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand Obtains $65,000 Settlement in Santa Barbara Dog Bite Case

By Renee Nordstrand on November 6, 2012

In 2007, a 60-year-old client was viciously attacked by a neighbor’s 50-pound pit bull as she went into their back yard to ask them about borrowing a lawnmower and a weed whacker.

The neighbor’s hadn’t always had the dog, but had taken it in after their daughter and her family briefly moved back in with them. After their daughter’s family moved into an apartment that did not allow dogs, the animal stayed with them. By all accounts they fed, walked, and played with the dog while it was at their house.

On the day of the Santa Barbara dog attack, the neighbor had told our client that she could come over to the house and borrow the lawnmower. The woman went to the front door and the 12-year-old granddaughter answered. She told our client that her grandparents were in the back yard and that it was okay to go back and talk to them.

When the client went around the side and into the backyard, she was viciously attacked by the dog and suffered bites to her face, hands, knee and foot. The attack resulted in 37 stitches to her face and required the need for dental work. She healed well and had no scarring.

The neighbor said that the dog was not theirs and therefore refused to accept liability for the attack. Exhaustive investigation allowed us to establish that the neighbor was indeed liable for the dog attack, and we were able to garner a settlement of $65,000 for our client for her injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

As you can see, the dog bite victim lawyers in Santa Barbara at the Law Offices of Renee J. Nordstrand have an established track record of helping clients who have been injured in dog attacks. Rely on us to give you the solid and experienced legal representation you deserve. If you believe you have a case, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022. Your case review, as always, is free.