Specializing in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation
 with Emphasis on Trauma to the Brain

I am pleased to announce my retirement from the active practice of law.
 I remain available to refer you to other attorneys with special expertise in brain injury.

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In March, 2014, San Diego Magazine names David L. Goldin as one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego (who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence).










In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 David Goldin Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association.


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"Seriously Outstanding--The Top 5 Percent" 

Once again in 2018, for the tenth time, David Goldin is chosen as one of the top lawyers in San Diego in the field of "Personal Injury Plaintiff: General." 














B.A. from Pomona College


J.D. from Stanford Law School


M.B.A. from Stanford Business School

- First graduate from the then-new joint degree program at Stanford

Member of San Diego Brain Injury Foundation since 1984

Highest Legal Ability and Ethical Rating Continuously since 1984 (AV Preeminent, 4.5-5.0) Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory








Brain Injury is Not an Illusion




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Personal Concern for Injury Survivors and Their Caregivers

"Your assistance secured the finances that allowed us not just to afford finding the best medical care possible, but also to be able to have our children. There were some very difficult days that left us fearing that this hope and dream would never be fulfilled. I cannot express to you the gratitude we both feel for your guidance and support through that case and what it has allowed us to create in our lives."

Letter dated March 20, 2015, from husband with regards to wife's injuries and recovery.


"I would like to thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have displayed in representing my son for the past few years.  The effort you put into this case is proof of a true professional and also a man with great integrity.  I really believe you had the best interest at all times for my son."

Letter dated March 19, 2007, from mother of brain injured client.


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Judge's Comment

At a hearing in San Diego Superior Court on September 30, 2010, to approve a $3,000,000 settlement for my brain injured client and his wife, the Judge kindly remarked that I am "someone you could play dice with over the phone." 

It always makes sense to me to be truthful in representing my clients. 

If there is not a true story to be told, there is no reason to have my assistance.

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AV Preeminent Continuously Since 1984

AV Preeminent (4.5-5.0) is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

(Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory)

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Judges and juries want to learn about the brain. They want to know why and how a brain is injured and how and why that affects you, the brain injury survivor. Your job is to be honest and truthful; your credibility is the foundation of your case. 

It is your lawyer's job to teach those who will decide your case about the brain and to help them understand and appreciate the reality and severity of your brain injury. Once the jurors learn about the brain and appreciate your credibility, they can empathize with you; they will truly know what it feels like to be in your shoes.  

It is up to your lawyer to inspire the jury to do justice. Justice for those injured by the fault of another means fair monetary compensation. That is the law. Justice, in the form of a money verdict for you, is the only way to make up for the harm caused to you. Civilized society does not allow revenge or "an eye for an eye." 

No matter how unsatisfactory, all that justice can provide for you is money. There is no way to return you to the person you were before your brain injuries. 

But the jury in your case can also protect the safety of the community by requiring those responsible for your condition to be fully accountable in money damages. It is up to your lawyer to impress upon the jury that, as the voice of the community, full justice for you makes all of us safer. 

Those who will decide your legal case can be trusted to do so fairly when they are educated about the brain and understand and believe the great loss each of us would suffer if we had your brain injuries.

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You pay no attorney fees unless we win.

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Learning about your injuries is an important part of recovery. The following articles were written to help you get started with the legal side of the picture.


Listing of Articles Written 
by David L. Goldin, J.D. M.B.A.  


Articles on Brain Injury

*What Client's Attorney Needs to Know to Handle TBI Cases

*Pre-Existing Conditions and TBI
*Novak v. Pizza Hut Verdict, July 28, 2010

*Brain Injury Seminar for Lawyers, June 26, 2008
*Opinion Editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune, October 17, 2007. Breaking the Silence on Brain Injury

*How Trauma Affects Your Brain

*Traumatic Brain Injury: Signature Injury of the War in Iraq and Afghanistan
*The Silent Epidemic
*"Mild" Brain Injury Litigation: Making the Invisible Visible

*(Video) Brain Injury Speaker's Series, Legal Evidence & Tactics: Proving Invisible Brain Injuries in Court

(5 Minutes) (30 Minutes)
*What is "Mild" Brain Injury?
*Recovery of Damages for Traumatic Injury to the Miraculous Brain
*How to Interview and Retain a Lawyer for Your Brain Injury Case

Articles on Spinal Cord Injury
*Your Spinal Cord Injury: The Medical Facts
*Your Spinal Cord Injury: Hope and Recovery

Other Articles
*Medical Malpractice Litigation In California: The Hardest Case   (Updated Oct., 2014)

*Wrongful Death Cuts to the Heart of Family Life


Articles on Brain Injury
by David L. Goldin, J.D., M.B.A.


Dealing With Pre-Existing Conditions 
In The Traumatic Brain Injury Case

(The Thin Skull Plaintiff and Worsening of Disabilities)

When you are the first one to disclose your pre-existing conditions, we can use the information to bolster your credibility in the case. As this article explains, you can neutralize and sometimes even benefit from your pre-existing conditions.

(Complete Article)


Novak v. Pizza Hut, July 28, 2010

$10,800,000 verdict in San Diego Superior Court--catastrophic brain injuries. 

An 18 year-old Pizza Hut driver with a history of seizure-like activity, driving on cruise control at 40 miles per hour in the opposite direction of traffic, on the route to deliver pizzas to Pizza Hut customers, crosses three lanes of traffic to crash head-on into your vehicle.  Your car is crumpled Jaws of Life has to cut you out of it.  You are reduced to the mental capacity of a three-year-old child in many respects.

(Complete Article)


Brain Injury Seminar for Lawyers
 June 26, 2008

These materials are intended to provide a good resource for lawyers who want to become more knowledgeable about the brain and brain injuries, including access to information available on the Internet to learn about the brain, how it is injured, and legal proof of that injury. 

(Complete Article)


Opinion Editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune
October 17, 2007

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Breaking the Silence
on Brain Injury

What do Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Stan Humphries, Eric Lindros, Pat LaFontain, Dale Ernhardt, Jr., Chris Irwin, George Clooney, and probably 20% or more of our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have in common? This is an increasingly important question; please take a moment to think about it before reading on.

(Complete Article)


How Trauma Affects Your Brain

When trauma to the soft brain tissue occurs, whether from falls, blows, crashes or blasts, this often causes stretching or tearing of axons resulting in the nerve impulses not transmitting or transmitting less efficiently. It is as if each time you want to turn on the lights in a room in your home you have to try the switches in several different rooms to do so, sometimes without success.

Here are two animations from YouTube illustrating what happens when there is trauma to the brain: 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=gCMS8aOmK1M; http://youtube.com/watch?v=AmAML1-F2LE

(Complete Article)


Traumatic Brain Injury: 
Signature Injury of the War in Iraq and Afghanistan

The most damaging weapon of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the improvised explosive device (IED), is leaving a signature wound on our heroic troops: traumatic brain injury (TBI). Between 10% and 20% of our returning soldiers might have suffered a TBI without really being aware of it. Deficits may include cognitive, emotional and physical limitations, a change in personality, and the inability to care for themselves or their loved ones.

(Complete Article)


Silent Epidemic

What do Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Stan Humphries, Eric Lindros, Pat LaFontain, Dale Ernhardt, Jr., and George Clooney all have in common? All have suffered a traumatic brain injury or concussion.

(Complete Article)


"Mild" Brain Injury Litigation: Making the Invisible Visible

The discussion centers on making the invisible injury visible so a judge and jury understand the reality and severity of the damages...

The article is included in the new 2014 coursebook, "Law and Neuroscience," the first such text dealing with the relationship between these two subject matters.

(Complete Article)



Brain Injury Speaker's Series, Legal Evidence & Tactics:

Proving Invisible Brain Injuries in Court


Presented by the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation in Cooperation with the University of California.



  (Link to Segment of Video--approximately five minutes)


  (Link to Complete Video--approximately 30 minutes)

What is "Mild" Brain Injury?

"Mild" or "minor" brain injury can be a tragic misnomer because these injuries often cause lifelong disabilities....

(Complete Article)


Recovery of Damages for Traumatic Injury to 
the Miraculous Brain

...it is most important to involve an experienced and caring lawyer at an early date. Recovery of fair compensation from those responsible for the harm may be necessary for rehabilitation and support of the survivor for the rest of his or her life.

(Complete Article)


How to Interview and Retain a Lawyer for Your 
Brain Injury Case

A competent and caring lawyer is necessary if the family is to receive fair financial compensation for the brain injuries caused by another's carelessness.

(Complete Article)




Here's a convenient and comprehensive form for you to list how your brain injury 

affects you or your loved one now and in the future.


Report of Changes and Problems After Brain Injury






Articles on Spinal Cord Injury
by David L. Goldin, J.D., M.B.A.

Your Spinal Cord Injury:
The Medical Facts

Spinal cord injury disconnects the brain from the body below the injury site. The level of injury is predictive of the parts of your body that will be affected. Success in recovery depends on management of complications. See article on Your Spinal Cord Injury: Hope and Recovery.

(Complete Article)


Your Spinal Cord Injury: 
Hope and Recovery

Help for recovery from spinal cord injury can be obtained with sufficient resources and a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. There are always good reasons for hope. Courage, determination and hard work promote rehabilitation to a greater extent than ever before envisioned. You are entitled to the best care and compensation.

(Complete Article)



Other Articles
by David L. Goldin, J.D., M.B.A.

Medical Malpractice Litigation In California: 
The Hardest Case

Comprehensive reform of the healthcare system requires that the victims of medical malpractice receive full and fair compensation for their injuries caused by medical malpractice. In California, the $250,000 cap on non-economic damages, together with the limitation on attorney fees, keep large numbers of those injured by medical malpractice from even gaining access to the courts because the litigation is unaffordable.

(Complete Article)


Wrongful Death Cuts to the Heart of Family Life

Wrongful death is profoundly about family life. The presentation of your case requires deep and intimate knowledge of your family. How will each day in your life be different? How has the death of your loved one changed your life and that of your family? The jury must feel the the enormity of the loss you have suffered in order to reach a fair verdict.

(Complete Article)



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Here are some links and news summaries that are good sources of information.

Links to 
Related Sites

Check out the links page on the Brain Injury Association of America and San Diego Brain Injury Association websites.

Also go to the Centers for Disease Control website.  

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has a helpful and comprehensive summary of traumatic brain injury, Traumatic Brain Injury: Hope Through Research.

Links to spinal cord injury (SCI) websites are provided in my articles on SCI, including a table of  SCI - Functional Goals for Specific Levels of Complete Injury published by the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network which has additional links on its site, and a link describing SCI rehabilitation facilities and alternatives. See this link.  The National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the most visited site on the web on the subject of spinal cord injury.

For other selected websites, and a listing of highly qualified TBI (traumatic brain injury) lawyers around the nation, please go to my Links Page.



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Modern Definitions of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

"TBI is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force." Brain Injury Association of America.
(Note: Loss of consciousness is not necessary and often does not occur).

Here is a definition from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Here's what Center for Disease Control has to say about concussions.
(Check out this short video)

The American Academy of Neurology has substantial material on concussions in sports, including an application available for use on cell phones and tablets. "Concussion QuickCheck"
(Note, only 10% of concussions involve loss of consciousness.)


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