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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer

Bring an Equalizer to the Fight.
Bring the Law Offices of Robert Vaage.

At the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, we actually get to know you. We get to know your family. We get to know your story. We make sure we understand and know you as a person – not just another case number or file. Our San Diego personal injury attorney will go through great lengths to make sure you are fully prepared in the event that your case goes to court. From preparing you for the process of standing before a court to informing you of your rights and options, we make sure every detail is tended to for your peace of mind.

If you have lost a loved one or have been wrongfully injured at the hands of someone else, contact us immediately.

Jerome Lew,
Former Client

"We could sleep at night knowing we had found an attorney who truly had our best interests at heart. The whole time. He never wavered."

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  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Avvo 10.0
  • The Best Lawyers in America
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No Matter Your Injury, We Are Here to Help

Trial Lawyer of the Year

Award-Winning San Diego Personal Injury Attorney

At the Law Offices of Robert Vaage, we have modeled our approach to legal representation after our founding attorney’s personal belief: staying proactive. Paying attention, being meticulous, and remaining aware of all aspects of a case helps us secure better results, time and again. Hear it from our founding attorney, Robert Vaage, himself:

“I am not a procrastinator — never have been and never will be. Being prepared and ready for trial or arbitration takes time. Being prepared, ready and willing to go to trial/arbitration also helps win and settle cases.”

-Attorney Robert Vaage
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View Our Victories

Over $100 Million Recovered for the Injured
  • $15 Million Reheat Steam Pipe Fails
  • $13 Million Brain Injury From Head Trauma
  • $10 Million Wrongful Death Airplane Crash
  • $9 Million Delay in Diagnosis of Gastric Bypass Complication
  • $5 Million Failure to Treat TIA, Leading to Stroke
  • $5 Million Brain Injury from Dislodged Endotracheal Tube
  • $4 Million Brain Injury from Overdose of Insulin
  • $3 Million Mitchell Arbitration Award
  • $3 Million Physician Injured in Auto Accidents
  • $3 Million Kitrosser v. NuVasive, Inc
  • $3 Million Staff Covers Up Failure to Monitor Patient
  • $2 Million Dural Tear, Defective Nerve Monitoring Equipment
  • $2 Million Medical Malpractice/Fraud - Pain Pump Implant, Fentanyl Lollipops
  • $2 Million Kitrosser v. The Regents of the University of California, William Taylor, M.D.
  • $1 Million Medical Negligence by Orthopedic Surgeon
  • $1 Million Overdose of Chemotherapy Drug 5-FU
  • $1 Million Postop Hematoma
  • $1 Million Orthopedic Surgeon Fails to Repair Dural Tears
  • $1 Million Birth Injury
  • $1 Million Military Doctor Refuses Request for C- Section
  • $1 Million Failure to Treat TIA, Leading to Stroke
  • $1 Million Norpace Toxicity Kills 13-Month-Old
  • $1 Million Failure to Diagnose CAD Leads to Myocardial Infarct
  • $1 Million Patient develops CRPS following IM Phenergan injection
  • $1 Million Surgeon removes Wrong Rib
  • $1 Million Medical Malpractice
  • $1 Million Death After Prolonged Diarrhea
  • $988 Thousand Lobb, et al. v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, et al.
  • $967 Thousand Retaliation For Supporting Gender Discrimination Claim
  • $950 Thousand VA Delay in Diagnosis of TIA/Stroke
  • $900 Thousand Failure to Timely Diagnose Thyroid Cancer
  • $865 Thousand Failure to Treat A-Fib, Leading to Stroke
  • $850 Thousand Failure to Diagnose Rectal Cancer
  • $850 Thousand Elevated PSA
  • $825 Thousand $825,000
  • $812 Thousand Velasquez v U.S.A.
  • $800 Thousand Delay in Treating Postop Hematoma
  • $750 Thousand Elder Dies From Multiple Infected Bed Sores
  • $750 Thousand Failure to Diagnose Ovarian Cancer
  • $723 Thousand Jones v. Fernald Wentzell, M.D.
  • $700 Thousand Motor Home Goes Down Embankment
  • $700 Thousand Asphyxiation by Waist Restraint
  • $689 Thousand Long v. Ervin Wheeler, M.D.
  • $678 Thousand Brown v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • $665 Thousand Crosthwaite v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, et al.
  • $657 Thousand John Doe and Mary Doe v. Dr. Roe and Roe Medical Center
  • $640 Thousand Doe Parents v. Roe Medical group
  • $600 Thousand Jensen v. Mark Stern, M.D.
  • $600 Thousand Weamer v. Samuel C. Hon, MD
  • $558 Thousand Chemotherapy Mix- Up Injures Child
  • $550 Thousand Delay in Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer
  • $546 Thousand Garrett v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, et al.
  • $544 Thousand Failure to Diagnose Pneumonia and Pleural Effusion
  • $500 Thousand Wrongful Death, Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer
  • $500 Thousand Ryan v. S.D. Hospital Assoc. DBA Sharp HealthCare and AIG Life Ins Co.
  • $500 Thousand Slip and Fall Concussion
  • $451 Thousand Minor Doe v. County of riverside, et al.
  • $450 Thousand Lindburg, et al. v. Unnamed Hospital, Roe Dr. 1, Roe Dr.
  • $444 Thousand Hanley, et al. v. John Doe, M.D.
  • $421 Thousand Overdose of Heparin to Stroke
  • $400 Thousand Jane Doe v. Public Entity
  • $400 Thousand Elevated PSA and Enlarged Prostate
  • $400 Thousand Death After Administration of Succinylcholine
  • $400 Thousand 16-Year-Old Dies After Performing Fitness Test At School
  • $357 Thousand Jane Doe v. John Roe, John Zoe and Company Insurance
  • $348 Thousand Rubidoux, et. al. v. Counrty Hills Health Center, Jassmann, M.D. et. al.
  • $345 Thousand Staph Infection
  • $340 Thousand Jane and John Doe v. Doctor and Hospital
  • $333 Thousand Palacios v. Alan Horowitch, M.D.
  • $321 Thousand Waldal v. Charles Campbell, M.D. and Scripps Memorial Hospital
  • $300 Thousand Sobczak, et al. v. Motlagh, M.D.; Knauf, M.D.; Scripps Hospital East County
  • $300 Thousand Jane and John Doe v. Hospital and Nurse
  • $290 Thousand Slip and Fall at "Open House"
  • $260 Thousand Wrongful Death from Heart Laceration
  • $250 Thousand MRI Performed on Patient with Pacemaker
  • $240 Thousand Klug v. Roe Hospital and Roe Inc (settlement), James F. Marino, M.D. (arbitration)
  • $234 Thousand Huffman v. Doe Convalescent Hospital
  • $231 Thousand Plaintiff vs. Doe Hospital
  • $230 Thousand Amrine v. Koll Center, et al.
  • $200 Thousand Failure to Diagnose Appendicitis
  • $200 Thousand John Doe v. Roe Company, et al.
  • $189 Thousand Kirwan v. Jose Perez, Nick’s Dairy Commodities, et al.
  • $160 Thousand Failure To Monitor Fall Risk
  • $160 Thousand Infection from Perforated Urethra
  • $150 Thousand Retaliation For Pregnancy Discrimination Claim
  • $143 Thousand Prafke v. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, et al.
  • $123 Thousand Paul Adkins and Katie Adkins v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • $110 Thousand Feeding Tube Placement Error

Our Firm's Philosophy

Compassionate Counsel from a Premier Trial Lawyer

We believe there are few things more valuable than justice. Though we have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, nothing compares to the justice we have helped serve on behalf of the innocently injured and bereaved.

From demanding safer standards in the medical community to demanding more stringent safety procedures in the product manufacturing industry, we strongly believe in making San Diego – and the community at-large – a better, safer place to live.

Though we take pride in our accomplishments, few things give us more purpose than genuinely serving our clients and helping them accomplish their goals. Due to his commitment to preparing every case thoroughly, investigating claims meticulously, and pursuing the maximum damages tirelessly, Attorney Vaage is not only recognized as a top trial lawyer but is also a preferred source of legal advocacy for victims and their families.

California Statutes of Limitations

According to Sections 335.1 and 340 of California’s Code of Civil Procedure, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file within the two-year timeframe, your claim could be forever barred. But what if you don't know you were injured directly following your accident? In California, there is a special rule called "discovery of harm." If you didn't realize the extent of your injuries until much later, the statutes of limitations wouldn't start until the discovery of the injury.

5 Key Factors That Can Influence the Outcome of Your Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you are entitled to compensation for your damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages. However, even with an experienced lawyer in your corner, personal injury claims are rarely a “slam dunk.”

Whether you suffered injuries due to the carelessness of a distracted driver or the negligence of a doctor, insurance companies will vigorously fight your claim. Some of the factors that can strengthen or weaken your case include the following:

1. The negligence of the parties — In order to bring a successful personal injury claim, you must be able to show that the defendant acted carelessly. For example, in a medical malpractice case, you must show that the doctor failed to follow the appropriate standard of care. The more egregious the conduct, the easier it is to establish liability. However, your damages may also be reduced by your own percentage of fault.

2. The nature of your injuries — You must be able to provide medical evidence that shows you sustained injuries during the accident. The more serious and potentially long-lasting your injuries are, the higher the value of your claim.

3. The existence of prior medical conditions —A common defense tactic is to blame your current injuries on a pre-existing medical condition or injury. While a clean bill of health prior to the accident often boosts the value of your claim, medical records showing treatment for a similar condition may reduce your settlement or verdict.

4. The severity of the property damage — In a motor vehicle accident case, the lack of property damage may be used to suggest that the injuries suffered were not severe. Conversely, if the vehicle was totaled, you may have a stronger claim.

5. The credibility of the witnesses — The consistency of the statements made by witnesses, especially the victim, are critical. Any contradictions or false statements can damage your credibility and make it more difficult to prove your claim. To avoid any potential problems, you should avoid making statements directly to the claims adjuster without first consulting an attorney.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. Our team of dedicated staff is committed to helping injury victims obtain the compensation they deserve.

What Can Injury Victims Do To Help Their Personal Injury Case?

Injury victims often ask what they can do (or should have done) to help their personal injury case. This is a good question because there is a great deal that can be done, particularly in the immediate aftermath of an injury.

Four things that can significantly improve your injury claim: 

  • Preserve the Evidence: While you may be in a rush to get rid of anything that reminds you of your injuries, it is important to preserve physical items that may be used as evidence. For instance, in a car accident, the dents in the vehicle can help show the speed and direction of the other vehicle.
  • Take Photographs: It is important to take pictures of your injuries, where the accident took place, and anything else that may seem important. Most importantly, they should be taken as soon as possible. If you do not have a camera on your cell phone, a simple disposable camera will work.
  • Keep Detailed Records: It is important to keep any and all records related to your injury, including hospital bills, medical records, prescription receipts, insurance claims, etc. You will be asked to provide these to your personal injury lawyer, and they may be later used to prove your damages.
  • Write Your Account of the Accident: While many assume that the details of the injury will remain ingrained in their memory, even bad memories do fade over time. Therefore, it is important to write down exactly what happened for your attorney as soon as possible after the injury. It is also important to be as thorough as possible because it is often difficult to know what may be important when it comes to a personal injury case.

Our team of attorneys has extensive experience handling personal injury cases and understands what it takes to successfully settle or litigate a claim. If you've been seriously injured due to another person's recklessness or negligence, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (619) 739-4040.

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