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Woman Injured on Huntington Beach Sidewalk Files Claim for $100,000

By Renee Nordstrand on February 27, 2010

 A seventy-one year old Huntington Beach resident has filed a claim against the city of Huntington Beach following a sidewalk fall, the Orange County Register reports.

 Sharon R. Peterson fractured her femur when she fell while walking on Modal Drive on October 7, 2009, the claim states.  An uneven portion of sidewalk caused Peterson’s fall.  She claims the city was negligent in its maintenance and proper care for the sidewalk.

This incident is a clear example of a premises liability case.  These cases occur when an injury is caused by hazardous property conditions or property owner negligence.  In this situation, the city of Huntington Beach was negligent in maintaining the city sidewalks, and therefore may be held liable for the injuries sustained on city property.

If you have been injured due to dangerous property conditions, please contact experienced premises liability attorneys today for a free consultation.


Fatal Car Accident on the 22

By Renee Nordstrand on February 26, 2010–.html

A tragic car accident in Orange killed 30-year-old Lorena Mancinas Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports. 

According to the news article, Mancinas was driving westbound on the 22 at around 4:20 p.m., when another car, driven by Young Woo Lee, 26, switched into Mancinas’ lane and clipped her right rear wheel, causing Mancinas’ vehicle to spin off the roadway and go over the guardrail.  Mancinas was pronounced dead at the scene.

I extend my deepest condolences to the families of all parties involved in this terrible accident.

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia reports that in 2008 alone there were 34,017 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States.  Of these crashes, 18.9% occurred in areas where the speed limit was 60 M.P.H. or higher, as it is on the 22 highway.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to a car accident, and you believe someone else is responsible for causing the crash, please contact experienced car accident attorneys today to determine your legal options.  At Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, our attorneys have decades of experience in handling personal injury and wrongful death claims that arise from car accidents, and we will fight aggressively to pursue fair and just compensation for accident victims and their families.


Trolley, Mail Van Collide and Injure Two

By Renee Nordstrand on February 4, 2010

A trolley and U.S. postal service van collided Wednesday morning, injuring two people, including a man in a wheelchair, the San Diego Tribune reports.

The crash occurred at Park Boulevard and G Street in downtown San Diego when the trolley was proceeding through a green light, northbound on Park Boulevard, trolley passenger John Lyman reported. The mail van, which was traveling on G Street, did not stop with the rest of traffic at the intersection and struck the trolley, the witness recounted.

While police are still investigating the official cause of this incident, it appears that the postal van may have been at fault for failing to stop at a red light at the traffic intersection of Park Boulevard and G Street.  Contributing factors such as inattention, use of a cell phone, or the use of alcohol and drugs are still unknown.

If you have sustained injuries in a car accident due to another driver’s negligent actions, please contact aggressive car accident attorneys to pursue your claim today.


Orange County Woman Files Claim Against Newport Beach Following Traffic Incident

By Renee Nordstrand on February 2, 2010

24-year-old Brandi Lynn Sutton has filed a 2 million dollar claim against the city of Newport Beach following injuries she sustained at a poorly lit crosswalk, the Orange County Register reports.  Sutton was crossing West Balboa Boulevard and 26th Street in the crosswalk at approximately 2 a.m. when she was struck by a taxicab in August.  She sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg and a concussion, in her fall. 

In her claim, Sutton alleges that faded crosswalk paint and a malfunctioning streetlight prevented the taxi driver from being able to see her in the crosswalk, and that the city of Newport Beach is therefore liable for its dangerous property conditions.  

An area of the law that lawyers refer to as “premises liability”, governs injuries that are caused by hazardous property conditions or property owner negligence.  This can include anything from swimming pool accidents, to amusement park accidents, to dangerous road design.  If you or a loved one has been injured due to any of these factors, or other dangerous property conditions, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to cover medical bills, lost earnings from work, and future medical treatment.  Please contact aggressive and skilled personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.


Huntington Beach Teen Reaches Settlement with City Over Waveboard Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on February 1, 2010

A fourteen-year-old Huntington Beach boy has reached a settlement with the city of Huntington Beach following injuries he sustained in a waveboard crash on a city alleyway in 2008, the Orange County Register reports.  

Waveboards, which are similar to skateboards, allow riders to feel as though they are surfing or snowboarding because the rider must swivel backwards and forwards in an “S” shape in order to move.  The boy, Douglas Young, fell while riding a waveboard in a City alleyway that was undergoing construction. Young suffered two broken bones in the fall.

Young’s attorney, Eric Traut, alleged that the City was liable because the alley had large potholes and loose, dangerous debris that posed a threat to Young and other children in the area that frequently used the alleyway for outdoor activities such as waveboarding or skateboarding.

City attorney Jennifer McGrath denied liability, citing the fact that Young was using a challenging type of board in which falling is an expected result.

Young was awarded a $30,000 settlement.

If you have been injured while waveboarding, skateboarding, biking, or even walking due to dangerous property conditions, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn about your legal options and rights.


Head on Crash Critically Injures Two

By Renee Nordstrand on January 27, 2010

A head on car collision has critically injured two in Lakeside, the San Diego Tribune reports.   The accident occurred today on Route 67, north of Willow Road, at approximately 2:30 p.m. 

Initial reports describe a grey sedan swerving into oncoming traffic and colliding head-on with another vehicle.  The reports also states that at least two people were extricated from their vehicles following the crash.

In this particular situation, there are many details that we do not yet know.  The report does not state if the driver who swerved was speeding, using a cell phone, or under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.  Initially, we do not know if the road conditions contributed to the crash.  The road could have been wet and slick from recent rain, or another obstruction could have blocked the sedan’s path, causing the driver to swerve into oncoming traffic.

Whatever the case may be, I wish a fast recovery to all injured parties.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, and you believe another party is at fault, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to learn more about your legal rights and how you may be entitled to compensation.


Dog Attack in Laguna Niguel

By Renee Nordstrand on December 18, 2009

An unidentified Orange County woman was attacked by a 7-year-old Shiba Inu dog on Wednesday afternoon, the Orange County Register reports.  It is unclear as to whether the woman was in her own yard or a neighbor’s yard when the attack occurred on Via San Sebastian in Laguna Niguel.

Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the dog after arriving at the scene, while the woman was hospitalized with extensive injuries that will require several surgeries.

As California is a “strict liability state”, the dog’s owner is liable for the injuries inflicted by the Shiba Inu, even if the owner was not negligent in the circumstances of the attack.   California law states (CCP 342 (a)) :

The owner of a dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place, or lawfully in a private place, including the property owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog, or the owner’s knowledge of such visciousness…

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite attack, please contact experienced dog bite attorneys to discuss your legal options.  At your free initial consultation, our attorneys will answer your questions with care and concern, while ensuring that you receive the best possible representation throughout the duration of your case.


Two-Year-Old Boy Injured by Bull

By Renee Nordstrand on December 16, 2009

Two-year-old Daniel Munoz was injured by a local bull while playing in his backyard on Monday afternoon in Mead Valley, reports. The child was playing with an older sibling when they noticed a bull through their yard’s chain link fence in a field next to their backyard. The children approached the fence, and, shortly thereafter, the bull charged the children, ramming the fence that separated them. The older child escaped, while Daniel was knocked down by the force of the bull against the fence.

Fortunately, although he was hospitalized, Daniel did not suffer life-threatening or serious injuries in this situation. I wish him well as he continues to recover from such a frightening situation.

According to, the bull’s owner will be cited for allowing the bull out of his stockyard.

If you or someone you know has been injured by another person’s animal or pet, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. You may be legally entitled to compensation if the animal-owner’s actions were negligent.


Nine Year Old Boy Struck and Killed on Bike

By Renee Nordstrand on December 9, 2009

Nine year old Nicholas Vela Mortley was killed Thursday afternoon after being struck by a raised pick up truck while riding his bike home from school in Anaheim, the Orange County Register reports. The driver, who was stopped at a stop sign when Nicholas started to cross in front of him, never saw Nicholas or his red bicycle as he proceeded through the intersection of Orangewood Avenue and Loara Street after completing the stop.

Sergeant Rick Martinez of the Anaheim Police Department explained the incident, stating “The height of the truck may have obscured his [the driver’s] vision. The child may have assumed that since the truck was stopped it would have remained stopped.” Although the driver has not been cited by the Anaheim Police Department, some question whether the truck exceeded legal height limits. If so, the driver could potentially receive a citation or violation.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a bicycle to car accident, please call experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys today to learn about your legal right to compensation.


2nd San Diego Pedestrian Killed by a Drunk Driver

By Renee Nordstrand on November 24, 2009

For the second time in three days, a San Diego pedestrian has been killed by a drunken driver, the San Diego Tribune reports.

Kristen Ann Bedard, 36, was walking at approximately 7 a.m. in Poway when a car driven by 44 year-old Becky Anderson drove up onto the sidewalk, striking and killing the mother of 2.

Anderson was arrested under suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.  A similar situation in East County killed a young walking mother on Saturday night.  In that situation the driver was arrested for identical charges, as well as an additional hit and run charge.

Please call compassionate and skilled personal injury attorneys if you have been victimized by a drunk driver.  First consultations are free of charge and attorneys are ready to help you find the answers and justice that you deserve.


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