Eric's professional profile was featured in Orange County Attorney Journal this month, focusing on his accomplishments.
Eric had the pleasure of throwing the Honorary First Pitch for the Angels at a recent game.
Eric spoke to over 300 people at the Consumer Attorney's Association of Los Angeles' 2016 Convention, celebrating the American Justice System.
Traut Firm is holding bad drivers accountable AND keeping the freeways clean! We are trying to do our part for the beautification of Orange County by adopting-a-highway northbound on the 5 Freeway between Culver and Jamboree.
Eric was invited to speak at the South Orange County Bar Association dinner on September 13 because of his experience with Expedited Jury Trials, now mandatory in limited jurisdiction cases as of July 1, 2016. Eric will be speaking along with The Honorable Judge Linda S. Marks. Read more about the SOCBA...
Eric was featured in the Consumer attorney of California's Forum Magazine for his involvement with the O.C. Bar Foundation, Project SELF, and the Higher Education Mentoring Program.
Eric was recognized in Attorney Journal for his elevation to ABOTA Diplomate! O.C. Attorney Journal recognized Eric's dedication to ABOTA as indicated by his elevation to Diplomate!
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.
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.
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.
Orange County Attorney Journal has praised Eric for his work raising over $5,000 for the Orange County Bar Foundation. A big thank you to all of his friends, clients, colleagues and supporters for contributing to this amazing foundation!