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El Centro Personal Injury Lawyers

Every day, El Centro residents and workers suffer severe and fatal injuries in preventable accidents and incidents, including motor vehicle crashes, falls, animal bites, electrocutions, drownings, shootings, and sexual assaults. The physical, emotional, and financial pain these victims endure feels especially challenging when the harm they suffered results from someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful actions.No one deserves to have their lives devastated through no fault of their own. That is why the law gives survivors of serious accidents and incidents the right to seek compensation for their injuries. With the help of a skilled, determined El Centro personal injury attorney, injured El Centro residents, workers, and their families can obtain the money they need to regain their health and rebuild their lives.

Gomez Trial Attorneys represents clients in El Centro who have sustained severe injuries or lost loved ones because of someone else’s wrongful decisions or actions. Contact us today to learn how we may help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

About Us

The award-winning team of legal professionals at Gomez Trial Attorneys fights day-in, day-out to hold individuals, corporations, organizations, and government agencies financially accountable for hurting innocent residents of El Centro. Representing plaintiffs is all we do. We make it our mission to provide the highest-quality legal services to people facing the most physically, emotionally, and financially challenging moments of their lives.

Over our years of practice, our firm has obtained millions of dollars in previous case results on behalf of injured Southern Californians, including a $106 million jury verdict for a El Centro wrongful death and a $16.2 million settlement for a client injured in an accidental fall. We cannot promise that all of our representations will end in such large recoveries. We can promise, however, to work tirelessly on behalf of each and every one of our clients to give them the best possible chance of obtaining compensation from those who did them harm.

El Centro Personal Injury Matters We Handle

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we consider ourselves “full service” personal injury lawyers. No matter what circumstances led to a client’s injury in the El Centro area, we have the resources, experience, and know-how to pursue justice and compensation on their behalf. We have represented clients who suffered harm in diverse scenarios, including the following.

Auto Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents account for a substantial proportion of unintentional injuries in the United States every year, including right here in El Centro. Here at Gomez Trial Attorneys, we routinely represent victims of vehicle crashes and the grieving families of those who have died in tragic accidents in and around El Centro. We assist those injured in:

Our team handles any type of traffic accident, from two-car collisions on El Centro roads to multivehicle interstate highway pileups. No case is too complicated for our staff of lawyers and paralegals. We regularly work with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction and forensic science to delve into the detailed facts of a motor vehicle accident in order to determine whose poor decisions or careless actions led to our clients’ injuries and losses. Once we have identified the liable parties, we seek fair and just compensation from them on our clients’ behalf.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

No matter how a brain injury happens, the team at Gomez Trial Attorney possesses the sophisticated knowledge and know-how necessary to understand how our clients got injured, and the long-term effects of the injury on our clients’ lives. Our familiarity with the mechanisms and outcomes of brain injuries gives us an advantage when advocating for El Centro residents who have suffered brain trauma in a wide range of scenarios, including auto accidents, falls, contact sports, military combat and training-related injuries, drownings, and medical errors.

Our team has a particular understanding of how even a so-called “mild” traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion can leave the injured person with long-term physical, motor, and cognitive impairments. Our team takes all brain injuries seriously, and our El Centro brain injury lawyers fight to hold anyone who caused that injury to account.

Falls and Other On-Premises Injuries

Falls constitute another common cause of unintended injuries in El Centro. Older adults, in particular, face a significant risk of serious harm in a fall, which can happen in virtually any setting, including in stores and restaurants, recreational facilities, private homes, and public parks.

The owners of properties where someone might slip and fall have a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to protect visitors from harm, including by warning people about, and fixing, dangerous conditions. Owners who fail in upholding that duty could face legal liability to someone who trips, slips, or loses their balance and suffers a serious injury in a fall as a result.

Falls, however, are not the only type of injury El Centro property owners and operators must guard against. Their duty to protect visitors from harm also extends to preventing tragedies like burn injuries, drownings in swimming pools, severe orthopedic injuries on backyard trampolines, and the wide range of harm that can befall an unwary visitor to an industrial site. If you suffered any kind of injury on someone else’s property in or around El Centro, then the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys wants to talk to you about whether you have rights to compensation.

Construction Accidents

El Centro construction workers should not have to put their lives on the line to provide for their families. Unfortunately, all too often an accident on an El Centro-area construction site can lead to catastrophic injuries and fatalities that rob families of a loved one’s income, support, and companionship. Gomez Trial Lawyers fight for construction accident victims. Our team makes sure workers and their families receive the full measure of workers’ compensation benefits and any other compensation the law allows them to recover.

All workers, no matter their employment or immigration status, deserve fair compensation for injuries and losses they suffer on a job site. The Gomez Trial Attorneys team stands up to large construction companies, and their lawyers and insurance companies, to hold them accountable when their decisions or actions put worker safety at risk.

Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks

We love our dogs and other pets, but unfortunately animals cause serious harm to El Centro dwellers every year. Young children, in particular, run a heightened risk of suffering severe trauma in a dog attack because they may not know how to recognize the warning signs of a dangerous dog, and a dog can easily overpower them. A severe dog or other animal bite can cause dangerous infections and inflict disfiguring scars.

We encourage all El Centro families to follow local guidelines for preventing and reporting dangerous dogs and other animal-related hazards. If a dog bite or other animal attack harms you or a family member, then we also encourage you to call the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys to learn about your rights to compensation from the animal’s owner.

Medical Malpractice

No one should ever end up in worse health because they visited a doctor. Unfortunately, from time to time that is exactly what happens to El Centro residents and workers when they seek medical care. Physicians and other health care workers owe each and every patient a legal obligation to provide a minimum standard of care. Medical professionals virtually always try their best to support their patients, but sometimes they fall short. Gomez Trial Attorneys have the experience, resources, and familiarity with medical conditions and protocols to hold doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals accountable when a patient suffers because of their substandard delivery of care.

Defective Medicines and Medical Equipment

Even when medical professionals do their best for a patient, their efforts can fail because the medicine they prescribe or the medical supplies they use do not perform as needed or expected. Manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, and other medical equipment have a special duty to keep their products free of dangerous defects to ensure they work as intended. Gomez Trial Attorneys fights to obtain compensation for El Centro patients who have, instead, suffered harm because they trusted in the quality of a medical product that harmed them.

Nursing Home Abuse

Elderly and chronically ill El Centro residents deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Sadly, sometimes the skilled nursing facilities where they reside instead cause them physical, emotional, sexual, and financial harm. There is no excuse for any nursing home abuse or neglect. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we hold nursing facilities accountable for any injury their staff, contractors, or other residents cause to our clients’ loved ones. Speak with our El Centro nursing home abuse lawyers or our El Centro sexual abuse lawyers right away if you suspect your family member has suffered from any injury in a nursing care setting.

Why Hire Gomez Trial Attorneys?

The Gomez Law FirmEl Centro-area residents and workers who have suffered injuries and losses because of someone else’s wrongful conduct deserve top-notch legal representation. That is exactly what they can find at Gomez Trial Attorneys.

  • A team of award-winning professionals. Through hard work and achievement, our lawyers have earned sterling reputations among their colleagues and clients as truly outstanding legal advocates, both in and out of the courtroom.
  • Resources for the long-haul. Gomez Trial Attorneys benefit from having a deep well of professional resources that allows us to handle even the most complicated, high stakes personal injury litigations; the types of cases smaller firms might struggle to tackle. Because of our relatively large size, we have the wherewithal to stand up to large insurance companies, corporate defendants, and pricey defense attorneys, to make sure our clients receive fair compensation for injuries.
  • A sophisticated knowledge-base. Success in personal injury law depends, in part, on a lawyer’s familiarity with sometimes technical and complicated subject matter. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have years of experience digging into the most complex cases on behalf of our injured clients. That background gives us important working knowledge of medical issues crucial to our clients’ recovery and to our clients’ future financial needs. Let us put our depth of knowledge to work for you and your family.
  • A proven track record of success for injured clients. Few U.S. law firms that can match Gomez Trial Attorneys’ track record of success on behalf of its clients. Over the years, we have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for injured Southern Californians and for the grieving families of those who have tragically died in preventable accidents. Of course, no case has a guaranteed outcome. Still, clients of Gomez Trial Attorneys get the peace of mind of knowing their legal counsel has a reputation for achieving maximum compensation in a wide range of personal injury matters.

El Centro Personal Injury FAQs

Like any other town in Southern California, El Centro sees its share of accidents and incidents leading to someone suffering a serious, even fatal, injury. Vehicles crash on I-8. Agricultural workers get hurt on one of the area’s many farms. People slip and fall at shopping centers and in downtown office buildings.

Victims of preventable accidents and incidents caused by someone else’s wrongful conduct often have questions about their legal rights and financial futures. Below we answer some common questions El Centro personal injury victims ask us. For answers to detailed questions about an accident or incident in the El Centro-area that injured you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today.

I’m hurt. How do I know if I have an El Centro personal injury claim?

Personal injury is an area of the law that deals with helping people recover compensation for injuries they suffer because of someone else’s unreasonably dangerous decisions or actions.

You may have a personal injury case if:

  • Someone had what lawyer’s call a duty of care toward you, meaning they had an obligation not to do something that would unreasonably put you in harm’s way;
  • That someone breached their duty of care toward you by making a dangerous decision or engaging in a dangerous action that created a risk of harm to you; and
  • You suffered physical, emotional, and/or financial harm because of those dangerous decisions or actions.

Or, to put it more simply, if you got hurt in El Centro because some person, company, organization, or government actor did something careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful to you, then there’s a good chance you have a personal injury claim against that party for damages. Be sure to contact an experienced El Centro personal injury lawyer right away to learn more.

How much money can I get for an El Centro personal injury claim?

The answer to that question can depend on a wide variety of factors, including the extent of your injuries, the cost of treating them, and whether you had a pre-existing condition.

As a general matter, El Centro personal injury victims can often take legal action seeking compensation for:

  • Economic damage caused by an injury, such as the cost of your medical care, lost wages, and other financial losses resulting in out-of-pocket costs.
  • Non-economic damage, which represents harm that is difficult to put into dollars-and-cents, but still takes a toll on your life, such as your pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, and damage to personal relationships.
  • Punitive damages, which courts award in cases when someone’s especially extreme or outrageous conduct led to you suffering harm.

The amount of money that can fall into each of these categories varies widely from case-to-case and victim-to-victim. Also, the sum of money you have the right to receive, and what you can realistically respect to recover from the parties who harmed you, might differ. For example, in many personal injury cases, the at-fault party’s liability insurance company pays damages to you on that party’s behalf. The limits of that insurance can sometimes affect how much money you can hope to recover.

And, of course, there is never a guarantee that you will receive money for a personal injury claim. That can depend on the strength of your claim and the quality of your lawyer.

The most reliable way to get a fix on how much money you might receive in an El Centro personal injury claim is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you get hurt.

How long do I have to file an El Centro personal injury claim?

In California, you have two years from the date of your injury for a lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf, in most cases. This is known as the statute of limitations.

Despite this two-year period, the sooner an attorney begins working on your case, the better your chances of recovering as much money as possible as compensation for your injuries and losses. Over time, witness memories fade and important evidence supporting your case can go missing. Do not risk losing out on your legal rights by waiting too long to speak with a skilled lawyer.

How long before I receive compensation for my El Centro personal injury claim?

It varies widely. Some El Centro personal injury claims can get wrapped up in a matter of weeks or months. Others can take a year or more. And, remember, there are no guarantees of getting paid, which is why you should always hire a skilled attorney with years of experience and a proven track record of results in El Centro personal injury cases.

Most of the factors that influence the timeline for an El Centro personal injury matter are beyond your or your lawyer’s ability to control on your own.

They can include:

  • The number of parties in the case;
  • The degree of dispute over liability or the amount of damages; and
  • The personalities and work styles of the parties, insurance representatives, and lawyers.

You can, however, control when you speak with a personal injury lawyer about your potential claim. The sooner you have a skilled lawyer working for you, the faster you can hope to obtain the money you deserve for your injuries and losses.

Will my El Centro personal injury case settle or go to trial?

El Centro personal injury lawyersWe can’t say for certain at the beginning of a case. Most El Centro personal injury cases end in a settlement, but not all of them.

A settlement is an agreement between the person with the personal injury—you—and the party whose actions or decisions caused you harm. In a typical settlement, the injured person agrees to receive a certain amount of money in exchange for releasing the paying-party from further liability. An insurance company that issued liability insurance to the party at-fault most-often pays the settlement amount, but not always.

Lawyers for El Centro personal injury victims negotiate settlements with defense lawyers and insurance representatives throughout a personal injury matter. Sometimes those settlement discussions happen right away, sometimes they take a while to develop. Lawyers try to pick the right moment to negotiate, to pressure the other side into the best possible resolution.

As we said, most of the time, El Centro personal injury cases get resolved through this kind of negotiation. However, in some cases, the parties do not see eye-to-eye about how much money the personal victim should receive. In those cases, the injured person’s lawyer may recommend going to trial, trusting that a judge and jury will reach a fairer and better result than what the other side has offered as a settlement.

Always be sure to talk to your El Centro personal injury attorney about any preferences or questions you have about settling versus going to trial, so that your lawyer can tailor a strategy that fits your personal needs and interests.

What should I do if the at-fault party’s insurance company contacts me directly after my El Centro personal injury claim?

Generally speaking, it is not a good idea for El Centro victims to speak with the other party’s insurance company directly, at least not without first consulting an experienced El Centro personal injury attorney. You’re better off letting us talk to them for you.

The other party’s insurance company does not have your best interests at heart. Anyone who contacts you does so hoping to limit the insurance company’s financial exposure to your personal injury claim. The caller might try to trick you into saying something on a recorded call that harms your case, or might dangle a low-ball settlement offer to try to get you to give up your legal rights on the cheap.

Do not fall for these tactics. Instead, trust a skilled El Centro personal injury attorney to handle negotiations with the other party’s insurance company on your behalf.

Is there anything I can do to help my El Centro personal injury claim?

Yes! Every claim is different, of course, so we cannot say for certain what might help you most.

However, El Centro personal injury victims can often protect their legal rights and financial interests by:

  • Getting medical help right away. Always seek medical attention after any incident or accident in which you might have suffered an injury, even if you feel okay in the moment. The stress and adrenaline of an accident can hinder your ability to feel pain and spot an injury. In fact, some significant injuries may not show severe symptoms for several days, according to this pain doctor. Always let a first responder check you over if possible, visit the emergency room if necessary, and go to your regular doctor or an urgent care center within twenty-four hours for a full check. By seeking this care, you protect your health, which is the top priority. You also general medical records that your lawyer may use later in a legal action seeking damages on your behalf.
  • Collecting and saving evidence. Photos and videos can go a long way to prove the circumstances of a harmful El Centro accident or incident. If you can, take as many images as you can with your cell phone of the scene where your injuries happen, and when applicable, of your injuries themselves. Also, save everything you receive in the mail or over the internet about your accident and injury. Save physical items, such as the clothes you were wearing or any broken personal property, too. All of this may prove useful in a lawsuit.
  • Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible. Do not wait to connect with an experienced El Centro personal injury lawyer to talk about what happened to you. The sooner you have a skilled attorney on your side, the better your chances of recovering the compensation you need and deserve.

Do I really need an El Centro personal injury lawyer? Can’t I just do this myself?

Attorney John Gomez

El Centro Personal Injury Attorney, John Gomez

Yes, you really need a lawyer, and no, you can’t just do this yourself. If you want to recover full and fair compensation for your El Centro personal injury claim, then you need a lawyer on your side fighting to make sure defense lawyers, insurance companies, judges, and juries understand your case and treat you fairly.

People sometimes make the mistake of thinking they can save money by trying to handle their El Centro personal injury claim on their own. In our years of experience, we have come to learn that is always a terrible idea. Defense lawyers and insurance companies will always take every advantage in direct negotiations with an injured person. Judges and juries will not take that person seriously. Believe us, we have seen people try to be their own lawyers, and it always ends badly for them.

How much do you El Centro personal injury lawyers cost?

The first meeting with our experienced El Centro personal injury lawyers is always free. We want personal injury victims like you to come to speak with us without fear of receiving a bill at the end of the meeting.

Our El Centro personal injury lawyers also represent our clients on a contingent fee basis. This is an arrangement between our personal injury lawyers and you in which we agree the lawyer’s fee will consist of a percentage of any money we recover on your behalf. That way, you do not have to pay the lawyer any money upfront for us to get started, and we only get paid by getting results on your El Centro personal injury claim.

In other words, do not let concerns about affordability keep you from speaking with our experienced personal injury lawyers about your personal injury claim. Our personal injury lawyers spend their careers helping people who find themselves in difficult health, life, and financial situations through no fault of their own. They want to help, and they have the skills and resources to do it.

If an accident or incident in El Centro left you or a loved one injured, then contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation to discuss your legal rights to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.

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An unexpected injury can send a person’s, and a family’s, life spinning out of control. Physical pain, emotional anguish, and financial stress combine to make life seem unbearable. Victims of these injuries deserve steady, capable, compassionate legal representation to help them through an extraordinarily difficult time of their lives, and to give them the best possible chance of obtaining the money they need to recover, regroup, and rebuild.

In El Centro and the greater region, one legal team has the experience, resources, talent, and knowledge that injured personal injury victims and their families need in a lawyer. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we are committed to making sure our clients have access to the justice and compensation the law demands.

An initial consultation with our team is always free of charge, and we represent our clients on a contingency basis that frees them from having to pay us any money. Instead, we only receive a fee for our services if we obtain money on our client’s behalf.

If an accident or incident in the El Centro area has left you physically, emotionally, or financially injured, or grieving the tragic loss of a loved one, then contact the award-winning legal team at Gomez Trial Attorneys today for your free case consultation. Call (760)-259-2166 or visit us online. Injured in an accident? Get a real trial lawyer. Get Gomez.


Gomez Trial Attorneys
2299 West Adams Avenue, Suite 102
El Centro, CA 92243
(760)-259-2166

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