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A brain injury may be the worst injury a person can suffer. Severe forms of brain injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, can result in permanent neurobiological and structural damage. This damage can result in lifelong deficits in a variety of fields, including one’s cognition, speech and language, sensory perception, psychological health, and everyday functioning. But even milder forms of brain injuries, such as concussions, can cause substantial difficulties or impairments that can last a lifetime.

Our San Diego brain injury attorneys have the experience you need to win your case and help guide you through the process. We are committed to helping everyday people get fair and just compensation for their injuries, and you are no different than many of our past clients. Consider Gomez Trial Attorneys today.

Why Choose Our San Diego Brain Injury Attorneys?

Brain injury cases are some of the most complex and difficult cases to negotiate and litigate. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we understand how to successfully win complex legal cases in San Diego and throughout the state. We know that no two brain injury cases are ever quite the same. That’s why our San Diego brain injury lawyers work with medical teams and experts to fully understand how your injuries will affect your future specifically. We then build your case strategically to ensure that you have the money you need to handle whatever the future holds.

There is a reason why so many injured accident victims turn to Gomez Trial Attorneys in their darkest hours. We have an impressive track record of success helping individuals with brain injuries.

Here are some of our most notable cases.

  • Best Lawyers of the Year John H Gomez San Diego 2021 Gomez Trial Attorneys$16.2 million for an accident victim who suffered a brain injury in a slip and fall
  • $16.2 million for a slip and fall accident victim who suffered a brain injury
  • $13.5 million for an auto accident victim who suffered a brain injury
  • $12.3 million for an accident victim who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury
  • $6.5 million for an accident victim who suffered a brain injury

While past results do not guarantee future success, you can rest easier knowing you have a team of experienced and dedicated trial attorneys on your side from the start. We also know the insurance companies, judges, and courtrooms in San Diego that will be a part of your case – and they know us. When you hire our law firm, insurers know that you mean business.

We have offices all over California, including one in San Diego that is conveniently located at 655 West Broadway, Suite 1700. Our office is just a couple blocks away from Waterfront Park and the Fish Market in San Diego. You can take the I-5 or take the Sycuan Green Line trolley to the Santa Fe Depot station. We can meet with you in person, over the internet, or even in your hospital room for your convenience. We even offer FREE initial consultations so that we can get to know you and your situation better.

You deserve to explore all your legal options. If you suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s wrongful conduct, please give us a call at (619) 237-3490.

Brain Injuries in San Diego are Common and Devastating

With developing news of soldiers returning from war with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD, as well as NFL players suffering repeated concussions and post-death chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), attention paid to certain head injuries is at an all-time high. But outside the more publicized forms in the military and the NFL are head injuries that occur in more common events, such as car accidents, premise liability accidents, or other types of events involving contact to the head. Unfortunately, these kinds of head injuries often go untreated, leaving the brain very susceptible to additional and amplified injury.

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In any given year, about 2.5 million people in the United States visit the emergency room, are hospitalized, or die as a result of a traumatic brain injury. These injuries occur every 23 seconds. In San Diego County, over 11,000 people and families are affected by brain injuries every single year. These injuries are the result of car accidents, sports injuries, falls, and strokes.

In San Diego and throughout the U.S., brain injury survivors are forced to live with the lasting effects of their head injuries for the rest of their lives. Well over 5.3 million people in the United States live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury. Many of those people will not regain the functioning they used to have and will have to cope with persistent headaches, hazy vision, seizures, degenerative neurological disease, mental disorders, or cognitive loss.

Although brain injury research with stem cells looks promising and researchers are learning more about sleep patterns and brain injuries, most people need significant medical care and effective representation to obtain the care they need for the rest of their lives.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

Recognizing Symptoms of TBI After an Accident

A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force causes the brain to move within the skull.. This alters the function or pathology of the brain. This movement can result in the stretching and tearing of vital parts of the brain.

The best way to reduce the risk of suffering serious and life-threatening complications after an accident is to seek medical attention immediately. Brain injuries can worsen quickly, and without proper medical intervention, the results can be deadly.

Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vision impairment
  • Dizziness
  • Fluid coming out of the nose or ears
  • Respiratory failure
  • Coma or semi-comatose state
  • Headache or confusion

Traumatic brain injuries are extremely serious as they directly affect the central processing unit for our ability to function. If you recognize these symptoms after an accident, it is important to seek medical help immediately. Call 911 or head to your emergency room. Even milder forms of brain injury can have long-lasting effects if not diagnosed and treated quickly.

Filing a San Diego Brain Injury Lawsuit

Recovering Compensation After a Traumatic Brain Injury Accident

Number1Award2019Did you know that the lifetime economic cost of TBI is staggering? According to Northwestern, the medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury alone can cost from $85,000 to more than $3 million. Even worse, getting back to a productive lifestyle is often not possible after a serious brain injury. An estimated 60 percent of adults who suffer brain injuries are unemployed two years after diagnosis. This means that San Diego brain injury accident victims will need significant compensation to help them rebuild their lives.

Due to the extraordinary costs associated with TBIs and the long-term damages, many injured accident victims must file a personal injury lawsuit to collect compensation. An experienced San Diego brain injury lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys can help you through the legal process. We want to take the legal burdens off of your shoulders during this time, so you can focus on your health and your future.

We will negotiate aggressively with insurance companies to obtain the money you need to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Long-term care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment in life

If insurance companies refuse to play fairly, we are not afraid to go to trial to achieve the results our clients deserve. We fight aggressively to ensure that our injured clients are protected now – and into the future.

Common Types of TBI in San Diego

Examples of traumatic brain injuries in San Diego include diffuse axonal injury, concussion, secondary impact syndrome, coup-contrecoup injury, and penetrating head injury.

Diffuse Axonal Injury

A diffuse axonal injury occurs when the unmoving brain lags behind the movement of the skull, causing brain structures to stretch and tear. These often occur in car accidents or other high-impact events. This is a serious form of brain injury because the extensive tearing of nerve tissue disrupts the brain’s regular communication and chemical processes. This can lead to widespread brain damage, coma, and death. A diffuse axonal injury can also cause unaffected brain cells to die in a cascading chemical process from the impact site in the brain.


Concussions are a common form of traumatic brain injury where the brain bounces against the skull and bleeds due to impact, sudden momentum, or movement change. Concussions mimic lesser forms of diffuse axonal injuries, in that the blood vessels in the brain may stretch and damage cranial nerves. A direct blow to the head, sports-related concussion, gunshot wound, violent shaking of the head, or force from a whiplash-like injury can all cause a concussion. Because it may take a few months to a few years for a concussion to heal, those who suffer a concussion must be unaware of the possibility of secondary injury.

Coup-contrecoup Injury

A coup-contrecoup injury results when the brain bounces back and forth in the skull. This bouncing causes bleeding at both the impact site and on the opposite side of the brain. It often occurs in victims who suffer severe whiplash.

Second Impact Syndrome

Second Impact Syndrome, also known as a secondary injury, occurs when a person suffers a second traumatic brain injury before the symptoms of the first traumatic brain injury have healed. The second injury may occur from days to weeks following the first and is more likely to cause brain swelling and widespread damage.

Penetrating Head Injury

Penetrating head injuries occur when an object, such as a bullet, knife, or other sharp object, forces hair, skin, bone, and fragments from the object into the brain. This is an extremely serious injury that many, unfortunately, don’t survive.

Locked-in Injury

A locked-in injury is a neurological condition where a person, as a result of a head injury, cannot physically move any part of the body except the eyes. While the person is conscious and able to think, he or she is temporarily paralyzed due to the sudden impact on the brain.

Whether a person suffers a diffuse axonal injury or a mild concussion, any head injury can have serious and potentially lasting effects on one’s overall functioning. Those who suffer traumatic brain injuries should seek medical care as soon as possible, especially to reduce the possibility of a secondary injury.

Acquired Brain Injury

An acquired brain injury, on the other hand, is any non-traumatic brain injury that has occurred after birth. These types of brain injuries occur at the cellular level within the brain, and therefore can affect cells throughout the entire brain. Examples include stroke, near-drowning, neurotoxins, hypoxic (brain receives insufficient oxygen) or anoxic brain injury (brain receives no oxygen), tumor, or electrical shock.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in San Diego

In San Diego, traumatic brain injuries can result from a variety of accidents and events, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle crashes
  • Defective or dangerous products
  • Falls or construction accidents
  • Physical violence, such as assault or gunshot wounds
  • Sports and recreational accidents

Common causes of acquired brain injury include:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Near-drowning
  • Choking or strangulation
  • Electrical shock
  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Vascular disruption
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Infectious disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Meningitis
  • Exposure to toxic agents
  • Drug Use

Contact Our San Diego Brain Injury Attorneys

Attorney John Gomez

TBI Attorney, John Gomez

Please seek medical care immediately and call our personal injury law firm. Our goal is to efficiently recover the compensation needed for your past and future medical costs and noneconomic losses, and improve the quality of your life. Our San Diego brain injury attorneys and staff are committed to making sure that you and your family are taken care of in every way possible. We will help guide you through the complex legal process.

We offer free consultations and take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. That means there is no cost to retain our services, and you only pay if we win your case. Please call us anytime to find out how Gomez Trial Attorneys can help answer the questions you have.

In addition to winning brain damage compensation for you and your family, our goal is to improve the quality of life for our clients who have sustained a brain injury. The personal injury attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys can help ensure that your family is taken care of in every way possible. Consultation is free and there is no out-of-pocket expense to you if we take your case. You pay nothing unless we win. Contact us today to find out how our San Diego brain injury attorneys can help you.

Brain Injury Testimonial

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“I know firsthand that Gomez Trial Attorneys is a professional and compassionate law firm. The entire office is a family and they treat their clients like family as well – these people truly care. Not only that, but they strive to make a positive difference in the community through their outreach efforts. Highly recommend.”

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Gomez Trial Attorneys
655 West Broadway, Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101

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