Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce Member of the Month

This month, we would like to give our praises to loyal chamber member, Nokes & Nokes Law Firm! We spoke with founding partner, Beau Nokes, to learn a little bit more about this firm.

Tell us a little about Nokes Law.

We have been practicing personal injury law for over 30 years and have been located in Aliso Viejo for over eight years.  Shari and I are both rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, have 10/10 ratings on AVVO and are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau.  Our practice is 100% personal injury, and we handle cases involving defective products, car accidents, dog attacks and premises liability cases.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

Shari and I both had extensive experience working with larger law firms before we decided to form our own practice.  While being in a larger law firm allows you to develop certain skills, there are disadvantages as well. We wanted to be able to take care of our clients in a more individual way, so we struck out on our own and made the decision to limit the size of our firm to just the two of us. Running a smaller-sized practice with a lower caseload per attorney gives more individualized attention to our clients.

What is your favorite thing about your line of work?

When people come to us, they are usually in distress.  They have just been injured.  They’re worried about medical bills, insurance coverage, how they’re going to pay their own bills when they can’t make it to work, and how they’re going to get on with their lives.  Things can get overwhelming pretty quickly. I like it when we can untangle this stuff for people so that they can take care of the important things, like getting better.  We’ve also made some lasting friendships through what we do, and I really like that. You can’t have too many friends.

Why did you choose Aliso Viejo?

We had been in Fashion Island for well over a decade, and we felt it was time to move.  We had looked in Aliso Viejo a couple of years before, and we really loved the location. The views are spectacular, the people are friendly, and it is very easy to open a business here or to relocate one here.

What is your favorite thing about Aliso Viejo?

The answer to this has changed over the years.  My first thought was that we really liked that we could get office space in a building in this beautiful location. The location is also convenient to our home and a lot of the businesses that we frequent.  A nice contrast to Newport Beach is that, as a business, we don’t have to pay an additional tax just for having employees.

When did you join the Chamber? What do you like about it and how has it benefited business?

I joined the Chamber at the same time I became a member of the Board of Directors.  I knew Julie Wright, and I found out that she was starting the organization.  I’ve volunteered and was asked to be on the board. My favorite thing about this Chamber is that is not afraid to do things differently. That makes it a lot more fun.

Our business is one with a fairly strictly defined potential clientele, meaning that a person has to get injured (and it has to be someone else’s fault) before they really need us.  Still, I actually did get retained on a case specifically because of a Chamber connection, which was great.  I think people joining the Chamber should look at it as a long-term project where you are making friends and getting to know people.  The business benefit comes from trust that is built up over time. I have made a lot of great friends through the chamber.  Another benefit I stumbled upon was being able to refer our clients and friends to people we know through the Chamber.  We can make those referrals with confidence because we have become familiar with a number of chamber members over time and we can place trust and confidence in them.


Retail Store Accidents

Retail Store Accidents Attorney Orange County

Orange County, is a very popular shopping area for out of state tourists as well as California residents. Many even plan entire vacations around Orange County’s many outlet malls, malls and boutique shops in areas like South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum and quaint beach towns like Laguna Beach. For the most part, people do their shopping and return home without any problems. However, sometimes one can be involved in an accident in the store, or on the owner’s property such as in the parking lot. Being hurt or injured while on someone else’s property is a very common type of personal injury law called Premises Liability Law.

California law related to injury in commercial settings such as a grocery stores, malls or shopping centers provides that a possessor of property who invites others onto his property to conduct business must exercise due care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition and to remedy unreasonably dangerous conditions which are known, or with the exercise of reasonable care should have been known. California personal injury and accident law also requires that a landowner warn of any unreasonable risks which are known, or with the exercise of reasonable care should  have been known, and which others would not be expected to discover.

Legal Obligations Of Owner Or Operator

The owner or those with control of a store, must inspect aisles and shelves within reasonable time periods to be sure the area is safe. Usually the store will have an employee travel up and down the aisles to clean any spill or item which may have fallen. Sometimes, a pallet of food or soda will fall on a customer as he or she passes by. Usually, the store will have a video camera to record such injuries and we can often obtain that video if you contact us very quickly. Grocery stores and other retailers also want you to look at their shelves and their items for sale. They place bright signs and otherwise persuade you to look at the sale sign and not at the floor in front of you.

Sometimes an injury can be the result of an assault in the parking lot where there is no security. If the store knows or should know of a security problem or crime in the area, there may be a duty to provide proper protection to you as their invitee.

Types Of Retail Store Accidents

There are many ways you or a loved one can be injured while in a store or restaurant in California. Typical accidents involve slips, falls, tripping over objects in aisles, being hit by objects falling from shelves, and accidents or assaults in the parking lot.

Establishing Liability In A Retail Store Accident

Regarding retail store accidents, there can be more than one person or entity at fault.It is imperative to look for all parties who may be responsible for your injuries. Property owners, management companies, franchise corporate headquarters, equipment manufacturers and third parties, such as security companies, may also be held accountable for your injuries. A skilled Orange County Accident Attorney can help you determine who may ultimately be responsible for your injuries.

Contact A Skilled Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been hurt in a retail store or restaurant in Orange County it may make sense to consult with a personal injury attorney serving all of Orange County. At Nokes & Nokes we have many years experience with premises liability cases throughout Orange County, California including Fullerton, Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach. Call our office at (949) 716-7200 today. We will do our best to get you the compensation and benefits you deserve for your injuries.

We offer free consultations to personal injury and accident victims meaning we charge no fee unless we recover for you.