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Attorney Eric Traut Wins $2.88M Against Pechanga Resort & Casino in Slip and Fall Arbitration Award

Eric was featured by the Press Enterprise and the Orange County Register for his success in a recent arbitration award. Say the newspapers, "A Placentia woman who slipped and fell at the Pechanga Resort & Casino has been awarded more than $2.8 million in damages after her attorney argued that injuries forced her to leave a schoolteacher’s position." Read more...

A record $2.88M arbitration award was issued June 22, 2016, by a retired judge following a slip and fall incident by a schoolteacher resulting in loss of work due to a concussion with vertigo and nausea. It is the only case to proceed to binding arbitration against the Pechanga Casino and the largest verdict in the state’s history against the Pechanga Indian Reservation under the Pechanga Tort Liability Act. Attorney Eric Traut represented the claimant to its conclusion after coming on as lead counsel only four months prior to the five-day arbitration. Numerous doctors, neuro-psychologists, a vocational rehabilitation expert, and financial experts testified in the case, heard by arbitrator, Hon. J. Richard Haden (Ret.), who ruled in favor of the victim of the slip and fall injury, awarding $2.884,077.60 for medical expenses, lost income and non economic damages. The only settlement offer made by Pechanga was $60,000. Pechanga claimed it was all a hoax perpetrated by the claimant to stay at home with her teenage daughter and quit her job. The evidence of it being anything but a hoax came through the testimony of the treating doctors, and teachers and the principal at the school at which she had taught for 20+ years. 

The victim fell on a wet floor while entering the Pechanga Casino in May 2013. She slid, fell onto her buttocks, felt a jolt, and then her concussion symptoms increased dramatically over the next few days including loss of memory, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and vomiting. These are common symptoms of what the treating doctors diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome. Doctors hired by Pechanga claimed she did not sustain a concussion, but had no explanation as to what was causing her continuing debilitating symptoms.

Traut has seen that many times the effects of an injury don’t necessarily appear right away, an element that sometimes discourages individuals from seeking legal relief following a fall. Says Traut of the award for his client, a former elementary school teacher, “It is my hope that this ruling brings a greater degree of safety for all those who attend a gaming facility and that it also brings peace of mind for my client for all that she has been through. She would give the money back in an instant if she could have her former life back again.”

Having tried over 100 civil jury trials, many of them personal injury and slip and fall cases, attorney Eric Traut has successfully represented people who have been injured due to negligence, hazards, or other dangerous conditions. 

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Eric Elevated to ABOTA Diplomate!

An ABOTA Diplomate recognition is only given by the ABOTA board after an advocate has been lead counsel in over 100 civil jury trials tried to verdict, with a long and established practice of the law and a dedicated membership to ABOTA. Many times this designation takes place after 40-50 years of practice, but Eric is proud to have acheived this designation after only 26 years. Please join Traut Firm as we congratulate Eric for his esteemed recognition for excellence in his practice of the law.

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Pamela and Eric Featured in OC Attorney Journal!

Pamela and Eric were featured in the Orange County Attorney Journal for speaking at the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association last month on Expedited Jury Trials. They presented a 1-hour MCLE addressing all the neccesarry requirements for expedited jury trials.

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Eric Traut Sues Prominent Drug Treatment Center Passages After Alleged Wrongful Death Cover-Up

An alleged murder and cover-up at drug treatment center Passages left the fallout of an unexplained death, fired employees, a county conspiracy investigation, a citywide lawsuit, and employee wrongful termination suits, surrounding the alleged murder of Gregory Link, discovered dead one day into treatment with a bag over his head, bruises and scratches on his body, at the Ventura County CA facility on April 24, 2015, as alleged by wife Lani Link, represented by Eric Traut of Traut Firm, in a new suit filed on March 21, 2016, in the Ventura County Superior Court. [https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/549870/Link%20-%20Complaint%20-%20Filed.pdf]

“Within a day of my husband arriving at treatment I learned of his suspicious death,” says plaintiff Link of Honolulu, Hawaii, of her late husband Gregory Link. “I did not believe for one second it was suicide. The loss I have suffered is incalculable” 

The alleged unlawful conduct began when Passages sold Link a service they are not authorized to provide, for anxiety rather than substance abuse. Upon arrival at Passages, Gregory Link was placed with a roommate alleged to be known as aggressive. Hours later, Link was found dead on his first night in treatment, with a bag over his head and signs of a struggle. Trade publications report Passages did not adequately report the event to authorities in the effort to protect their high profile image and avoid negative publicity, even firing those employees who refused to participate in the cover-up. [https://www.thefix.com/former-employee-sues-passages-malibu-after-patient’s-death] 

Link’s attorney, Eric Traut of Traut Firm, has represented individuals in numerous similar wrongful death cases and has found that sometimes institutional greed trumps personal safety in medical and therapeutic facilities, saying, “It is hard to fathom the tremendous loss felt by Ms. Link and it is my goal through this lawsuit that in the future those pursuing help or treatment may receive it without fear of harm or death.”

Traut is suing for damages including wrongful death, emotional distress, negligent hiring, fraud, concealment, conspiracy, burial expenses and loss of love. 

ABOUT ERIC V. TRAUT:  Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime." Eric is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell's, and is among fewer than 100 California attorneys certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial specialist. http://www.erictrautattorney.com

ABOUT TRAUT FIRM: Partners of Traut Firm have litigated cases for a combined 59 years, serving as plaintiff’s attorneys primarily in areas of personal injury, legal malpractice, vehicle accidents and workplace accidents. http://trautfirm.com

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Eric Raises Over $5,000 in Top OC Marathon Team for OCBF!

Eric's team will be participating in various ways to support the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit committed to promoting health, safety and education for Orange County’s at-risk youth. Says Eric, "I was the 2014 President and saw first-hand the many great things that this group does through its youth programs. I ask you to show your support again by making a donation to my fundraising page. It takes just a minute or two." Support the O.C. Bar Foundation Today!

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