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- Renée J. Nordstrand

$1,200,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Motorcycle v. Automobile Accident

FACTS: Client was riding his motorcycle when a woman, intending to turn left, drove her vehicle in front of him. Client laid down his motorcycle to avoid impact and fractured his wrist. Client underwent two unsuccessful surgeries and ultimately had a wrist fusion surgery. Woman driving the car yelled at client at the scene while he was on the ground that the accident was his fault and he would not get a penny from her.

Confidential Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Premises Liability

FACTS: A 65-year-old woman was exiting a big-box store and fell when her shoe got stuck in an expansion joint. Defendant refused to provide the construction plans so we obtained the approved plans from the city, located the architect who drew the plans, and proved that the expansion joint was not safe because it was too wide and not built in conformance with the approved plans.

INJURIES: Left wrist fracture.

$750,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

INJURIES: Burst fracture L1, arm fracture distal radial, nasal fracture

$750,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Personal Injury

FACTS: Homeowner removed guard from electric grinder. Client was not wearing required eye protection. Lawsuit against homeowner.

INJURIES: Orbital fractures, blindness right eye

$690,000 Settlement ( $370,000 for man and $320,000 for woman.)

TYPE OF CASE: Truck Accident

FACTS: Big Rig Truck ran through intersection colliding with elderly couple’s vehicle.

INJURIES: 86 year old man, Post-Concussion Syndrome, head injury caused acceleration of preexisting, mild dementia 80 year old woman suffered loss of consortium and shoulder impingement.

$750,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

INJURIES: Minor shoulder and elbow surgery in man with kidney disease leading to kidney failure

$625,000 Settlement during Trial

TYPE OF CASE: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

FACTS: Defective wall heater caused Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Lawsuit against property management company and property owner for failure to clean heater as required in lease agreement.

INJURIES: Memory Loss- cognitive impairment

$595,000 Judgment at Trial

TYPE OF CASE: Bike Accident

FACTS: Bicycle in bike lane struck by pick-up truck.

INJURIES: Non displaced tibia plateau fracture, Acetabular Tear. No surgery

Settlement with driver $550,000
Settlement with shopping center $175,000

TYPE OF CASE: Car Accident/Premises Liability

FACTS: Elderly driver accidentally stepped on gas pedal instead of brake and ran over client in a parking lot. Claim of negligence against driver and negligent design by property owner.

INJURIES: Hip and leg fractures/Shoulder injury- tear to rotator cuff tendon

$525,000 Settlement for Policy Limit

TYPE OF CASE: Bike/Truck Accident

FACTS: Client riding bicycle struck by pick-up truck turning left.

INJURIES: Fractured left leg

$500,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

FACTS: Motorcycle parked perpendicular to traffic sideswiped by automobile.

INJURIES: Fractured hip, no surgery

$335,750. Arbitration award

TYPE OF CASE: Pedestrian Accident

FACTS: 85 year old client crossing street in unmarked sidewalk at intersection struck by auto turning left.

INJURIES: Knee fracture/shoulder rotator cuff injury

$326,472 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Wrongful Death

FACTS: Kaiser negligently misread an MRI report and failed to timely diagnose and treat the deceased's pancreatic cancer.

INJURIES: Death due to pancreatic cancer

$301,950.00 Arbitration Award


FACTS: Claim against landlord who allowed dangerous dog to live on property. 61 year old client had complained to landlord about neighbor’s dangerous dog. Dog attacked client.

INJURIES: Scarring on left leg and emotional injuries.

$300,000 Binding Arbitration

TYPE OF CASE: Automobile Accident

FACTS: Client claimed her light was green as she drove through an intersection, and another vehicle turned left and struck the front of her car. Defendant claimed client was at fault for driving too fast, disputed the nature and extent of injuries, and claimed her injuries preexisted before this accident.

INJURIES: Cervical and thoracic strain, L-5 S-1 annular tear, hip and back pain.

$300,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Rear-End Automobile Accident

INJURIES: Tear to ligaments in dominant right hand; cervical, thoracic, and lumbar strain and myofascitis.

$295,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Premises Liability

FACTS: Elderly Client / Grocery store trip and fall over corner of wooden pallet protruding from display.

INJURIES: Hip Fracture

$250,000 Settlement Policy Limit

TYPE OF CASE: Pedestrian Accident

FACTS: Pedestrian hit by vehicle.

INJURIES: Both legs broken

$225,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Premises Liability

FACTS: Woman with preexisting knee and back pain walking in parking lot fell 3 feet into improperly guarded loading ramp.

INJURIES: Knee Arthroscopic surgery/Back Pain

Jury Awarded $219,667.63 + Cost Award for $10,565.98

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

FACTS: Client struck from the rear while waiting at a stop light. Insurance company offered $20,000 to settle.

INJURIES: Thoracic Spine bulging disc touching spinal cord.

$200,000 Arbitration Award

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

FACTS: 80 year old woman’s vehicle struck from behind at low speed.

INJURIES: Back Injury

$150,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

INJURIES: Arm fracture

$120,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Premises Liability

FACTS: Client in motorized wheelchair struck on sidewalk as he passed by exit to parking lot by auto leaving parking lot. Case against property owner for failing to properly maintain the landscaping so driver could readily see pedestrians on the sidewalk.

INJURIES: Elbow fracture

$100,000 Settlement for Policy Limit

TYPE OF CASE: Bike/Auto Accident

FACTS: Bicycle struck by auto in intersection.

INJURIES: Fractured wrist

$90,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Motorcycle Accident

FACTS: Motorcyclist stopped at stop light struck by auto.

INJURIES: Left knee injury

$85,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Bike/Auto Accident

FACTS: Bicycle struck by automobile.

INJURIES: Broken clavicle. No surgery. Healed without incident.

$78,000 Settlement


FACTS: Dog unleashed on beach ran straight toward client, who was recovering from knee surgery and thought the dog would run into her knee. Client moved quickly to avoid dog who did not run into her.

INJURIES: Re-injured knee

$65,000 Settlement


INJURIES: Lacerations, and punctures of the lower lip

$60,000 Settlement


FACTS: While in her car, a woman was holding hot soup between her legs. She opened the lid and spilled some, burning her genitalia. Plaintiff claimed the soup was too hot. Defense denied responsibility.

$40,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Premises Liability

FACTS: 19 year old UCSB student injured when skateboard hit uneven cement path while skateboarding at UCSB.

INJURIES: C-3 Fracture with mild displacement. Healed without incident

$40,000 Settlement

TYPE OF CASE: Auto Accident

FACTS: Woman riding horse on horse trail adjacent to road. Van came around corner too close to horse which caused horse to rear and client to fall to ground. No injury to horse.

INJURIES: Soft Tissue Back Pain


CASE NAME/NUMBER: Silva v. Gucciardi, Patrino dba Advance Investments

TYPE OF CASE: Pit Bull Attack and Mauling

JUDGE: Honorable, Retired Patricia L. Collins

LENGTH OF TRIAL: Four hour binding arbitration

AWARD DATE: November 2, 2012

CLAIMANT REPRESENTED BY: Renée J. Nordstrand, NordstrandBlack PC

RESPONDENTS REPRESENTED BY: Gina Weihert for State Farm Insurance Company

Claimant - Lester Zackler, M.D., neuropsychiatrist, testified, Stephen Bresnick, M.D. plastic surgeon wrote a report which was submitted.
Respondent - none

SUMMARY OF DAMAGES: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Adjustment Disorder caused by dog attack and mauling, experienced as depression, fear of large dogs, and withdrawal from society. Dr. Zackler testified Claimant would benefit from 6-12 months of psychotherapy (cost $7,000-$11,000) and psychiatric medication management for at least 2 years (cost $2,000). Claimant’s difficult upbringing made her more susceptible to the trauma and less able to cope.

Scarring, unsightly and prominent on left leg, particularly near shin, measuring 1½ inches at largest point. Puncture wound scars around knee. Report from Stephen Bresnick estimated fat injections to smooth out area (cost $3,500 x 2 procedures), scar revision, which would not make a huge impact (cost $2,000), and laser therapy with bleaching (cost $1,500.)

Pain and suffering: Claimant had severe pain for a total of 4 months. After the first month the wound became infected and Claimant had to go to the wound clinic weekly for 3 months for painful wound care. Due to pain Claimant couldn’t put weight on her leg for 4 months and required the use of a walker to ambulate. She had nightmares of the attack for 2 weeks and was awakened by pain in her leg at night for months.

Claimant worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She claimed $1,300 in lost wages when she couldn’t work due to pain from the wounds. She claimed that due to her PTSD and Adjustment Disorder she retired 10 months after the attack when she was eligible for early retirement because she needed to get away. She moved out of the State but then realized that she continued to experience anxiety and fear so she moved back to California. She testified that she intended to find another job because she needs the money. Claimant asked to be compensated for the time she took early retirement and for an additional 3 months for her to find another job.

FACTS: Claimant contended that she lived at the triplex for 13 years. Two years before, a 75 pound un-neutered pitbull-mastiff dog moved in next door to her. After immediately and continuously complaining to management regarding the dangerous condition presented by the dog, Claimant was attacked by the dog on May 20, 2011 as she passed by the apartment where the dog’s owners lived to take out her trash. The dog pushed open the door and bit into her right knee. She was able to jerk her knee from the dogs mouth and he immediately bit into her calf area, braced his hind legs in a crouch and yanked on her leg for possibly 5 minutes before the dog’s owner appeared and the dog let go. Claimant was too afraid of the dog to leave her apartment until her friend forced her to go to the hospital 48 hours after the mauling.

CONTENTIONS: Respondent contended that Claimant showed signs of exaggeration of symptoms and malingering on the MMPI, that the medical treatment suggested by Claimant’s plastic surgeon was not necessary and an attempt to build up the damages and that Claimant’s claim of lost wages was not reasonable given the fact that she continued to work for 10 months after the attack.

SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS: Case was arbitrated pursuant to Stipulation of the parties for binding arbitration with a mini-maxi of $100,000 low and $300,000 high. Arbitrator was unaware of the mini-maxi agreement. $100,000 was paid after the Stipulation was signed.

RESULT: TOTAL AWARD: $439,685.66

TOTAL ECONOMIC DAMAGES: Past Economic Damages: Medical: $6,985.66, Loss of earnings: $9,865.71. Future Economic Damages: Loss of Earnings (3 months) $3,834.29, Future Medical: $19,000


RESULT DATE: April 30, 2012

Felicity Walker v. Burl Beveridge (1379892) 12-JV_1865

Hon. Donna Geck

Santa Barbara Superior

TOPIC: Personal Injury

SUB TOPIC: Auto v. Auto


VERDICT: $219,668

Plaintiff - Renée J. Nordstrand (NordstrandBlack PC, Santa Barbara).
Defendant - Charles Wessler (Law Offices of Gregory J. Lucett, Glendale).

Plaintiff - Alan Moelleken, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Santa Barbara.
Defendant - Stephen Nagelberg, M.D., orthopedics, Downey.

FACTS: On March 26, 2009, Felicity Walker was driving her Honda Civic when she was involved in a rear end collision. She presented to the UCSB walk in clinic a few hours following the accident. Her doctor cleared her for snowboarding the following day. She went snowboarding the next day, but could only complete two runs because she was not feeling well. She returned to the doctor two weeks later complaining of mid-back pain. She was later diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was involved in a second accident on Nov. 10, 2011. Walker sued the driver who admitted liability but disputed the extent of the impact, claiming it was not serious. The second accident was similar to the first accident. She also claimed that the second accident exacerbated her mid back injury.

INJURIES: Eleven months later, Walker was diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease and underwent several rounds of physical therapy and received epidural injections. Defendant disputed the extent of Walker's injuries, claiming that Walker had engaged in various activities that evidenced she was not as injured as she claimed to be. Walker claimed she suffered a bulging disk, central protrusion, annular fissure, and moderate impression on the ventral aspect of the thoracic cord. Walker also claimed that it took some time for her to feel the symptoms because it took a while for the disc material to leak into her spinal canal and cause symptoms.

DAMAGES: Walker claimed $68,678 in past medical expenses caused by the first collision and approximately $40,000 caused by the second collision. She also claimed future medical expenses, including, among others, $200,000 for physical therapy, doctor visits and MRIs for her lifetime or until she undergoes surgery.

RESULT: The jury rendered a verdict for Walker. She was awarded $219,668 in total damages, which included $68,668 for past medical expenses, $15,000 for future economic damages, $36,000 for future economic damages, and $100,000 for future non-economic damages.

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