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The Law Office of Louis Gabbara is a small but powerful team of trial attorneys and legal support staff who have had tremendous success in advocating for people who have been injured in all types of accidents. With offices in Escondido and San Diego, we serve accident injury victims all over California. We are experts at getting you the best settlement you deserve, in the most strategic way possible, and with minimal stress and cost of going to trial — so that we can get more money in your pocket. We work intelligently and diligently to recover all medical bills, property damage, lost wages (and future lost wages as a result of your accident injury), and make sure that you walk away with more money in your pocket.

Having your legal case take over your life is not desirable. Most of our clients are not interested in prolonging the process or seeking vengeance. Instead, they aim to minimize the stress caused by their accident and achieve a fair outcome promptly. They require a personal injury lawyer who comprehends their goal. The clients who are compatible with our approach prioritize returning to their fulfilling job, being a supportive family member or spouse, and pursuing their hobbies and interests such as cycling, walking, spending time with their children, surfing, gaming, playing music, or any other activity that brings them happiness. Fortunately, we assist them in achieving these objectives while also putting some money in their pockets.

How We Are Different

While the majority of auto accident lawyers take cases that are “easy wins,” and treat their clients just like “a number,” Louis Gabbara has been a top local Escondido accident attorney who also serves injured accident victims all across San Diego and surrounding areas including Oceanside, Vista, live and work where we help our clients. We are deeply integrated in our communities and we help people in many other ways, in addition to the legal help we provide. We do not spend millions on advertising, and then ignore our clients like some other personal injury lawyers. Instead, most clients who come to us for help are referred to us by former satisfied clients who are friends and family of our clients. And, we treat them like our own friends and family. We take on even the most complicated cases – ones where there are multiple obstacles that we must overcome to fight on behalf of our clients who were injured in traffic accidents, auto/car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, pedestrian accidents, brain injury or spine injury accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other accidents that occur due to the negligence of a company or another person.



The Escondido injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Louis Gabbara are vehicle accident experts in negotiating with insurance providers to make sure you get a full, fast and fair settlement.

We often exceed our clients’ expectations, bring down their stress, and in almost every case, we secure the maximum settlement without even having to take their case to trial – which helps our clients tremendously by keeping more money in their pocket. 

The Law Offices of Louis Gabbara does NOT pursue claims on behalf of those who suffer minor injuries (such as bruises or neck sprains, but we do pursue soft tissue injuries from accidents such as dog bites). Our office only focuses on serious accident injuries – those with catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, or accidents resulting in broken bones or requiring hospitalization and/or surgery. Most of our clients have been taken by ambulance from the scene of their accident to a nearby hospital in Escondido such as Palomar Hospital, or from an accident in the San Diego area where they were transported by paramedics to Sharp Memorial, Scripps Hospital or Scripps Memorial in San Diego. 

Practice Areas

Traumatic Brain Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

Dog Bites

Premises Liability

Products Liability

Car Accidents

Truck Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Construction Accidents

Taxi Cab and Uber/Lyft Accidents

Aviation Accidents

Pedestrian accidents

Slip and Fall Accidents

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Our Catastrophic Accident Injury Attorneys Are Ready to Fight for YOU! WHY YOU SHOULD CALL LOUIS GABBARA NOW

Personal injury trial attorney Louis Gabbara has been fighting for auto accident injury victims in Escondido, San Diego and all throughout California. While you focus on your recovery, our team fights to get you the best possible financial result for your legal claim. Waiting too long to hire an attorney could hurt your case and you’ll unnecessarily lose out on money that you deserve. 

Your case can suffer if you don’t act now. Call us today.



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940 Canterbury Place Suite 200 Escondido, CA 92025




According to the National Institutes of Health, the leading causes of catastrophic accidents, such as TBI (traumatic brain injury), is falling and hitting your head, and motor vehicle accidents such as motorcycle collisions, car crashes, or truck collisions which come with a tremendous force and can crush a smaller vehicle – and of course, severely or permanently injure or disable passengers, and even cause the death of passengers. We fight for the innocent victims who suffered in these types of catastrophic accidents. And, as accident attorneys, while we are able to get the maximum compensation – whether that be the insurance policy limits on the at-fault driver’s insurance, or the business insurance of the negligent company, we know that no amount of money can ever make up for losing a limb, or permanent injury to your body, or in the worst cases, wrongful death accidents. However, we know all the ways that insurance companies and adjusters try to manipulate accident victims out of their full and fair compensation. Our team, led by Louis Gabbara, uses an aggressive approach to seek out ways to get our clients the most amount of money into their pockets – beyond just the medical bills, vehicle repair or property damage. We always aim and succeed where there is available insurance coverage to recoup compensation for their pain and suffering – especially in catastrophic accidents in which either they, or their family members have suffered. 

Auto accidents – car crashes, truck accidents, and other motor vehicle collisions (frequently lumped together as “car accidents”) are commonly associated with catastrophic injuries. Most catastrophic injuries that happen in Escondido and greater San Diego are the result of severe car accidents that leave people horrifically injured or even permanently disabled.

Catastrophic injuries happen mostly at work and on the road, but severe slip-and-fall accidents have happened at grocery stores and places of business where you might be a customer rather than an employee. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 3 million nonfatal but severe injuries arise from auto accidents annually. The victims of these accidents are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering, as well as body injuries and property damage. However, you must act as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss critical deadlines to claim the maximum compensation that you deserve.

Catastrophic car accident injuries may include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other severe head injuries
  • Severe and permanent spinal cord injuries and trauma
  • Catastrophic injuries that prevent you from earning a living or require intensive, in-home, and/or long-term care
  • Permanent damage from broken vertebrae
  • Partial paralysis or total paralysis
  • Loss of a limb/amputation
  • Severe third-degree burns and scarring
  • Severe and permanent disfigurement
  • Long term/permanent disabilities that significantly disrupt your life
  • Cognitive damage resulting from head trauma that impairs your ability to think
  • Total loss of vision, hearing, or another significant function


S.B. 447 represents an important change in the California law. The effect of this change of law is that it adds an important category of damages that can be recovered thereby potentially increasing the amount of damages that can be rightfully awarded in survival actions.

In other words, when a person dies from an injury, the decedent’s successors or heirs can file a survival lawsuit to recover damages that the decedent would have been entitled to from the time of the injury up until the time of their death. However, the damages recoverable in these cases was limited to economic monetary losses the person suffered after the injury but before their death. These economic damages that could be recovered included medical bills, lost wages and punitive or exemplary damages that the decedent would have been entitled to recover had the decedent lived. However, recoverable damages in such cases did not include damages for pre-death pain, suffering, or disfigurement.


A ‘catastrophic’ accident is one that results in the most severe form of injury that a person may possibly ever experience, and unfortunately, this extreme situation results in permanent or long-term physical damages to a person. These injuries typically occur in extremely life threatening and high impact accidents where the injured victim is fortunate to survive.

In a pedestrian accident, for example, where a person who is correctly using a crosswalk when a truck or car hits them while they are crossing the street, and collides into them, causing paralysis, permanent physical injury, or even death. In this sad situation, which Louis Gabbara and Doug Rafner often see, the pedestrian is rushed to an emergency room and is treated for broken bones, concussion, skull fractures, broken vertebrae and/or limbs, and this person may or may not ever walk again. This is just the beginning of their path with significant struggle with ongoing medical care and life-changing injuries. No matter how much money is awarded by a judge or jury, or negotiated in a settlement, this person is likely to never be whole again — but, we can fight to get them the maximum medical benefits and money to help make their lives as comfortable as possible – and aggressively fight with insurance companies to pay fair compensation for their injuries. This is why catastrophic injuries result in the highest accident injury settlements, awards, verdicts and judgements – mostly in the millions. 

Many catastrophic injuries happen in traffic accidents on California’s roads, but not all of them. Catastrophic personal injuries can also occur in everyday situations where someone is not paying attention or is acting out of negligence – such as texting and driving. 

As catastrophic injury lawyers based in Escondido California, The Law Offices of Louis Gabbara has seen everything from pedestrian and vehicle crashes to accidents that happen on golf courses, in restaurants, at shopping centers, in government buildings, and more. An accident can happen in one moment but the catastrophic injury resulting from the accident can change your life forever.

After you’ve already suffered catastrophic injuries, you don’t need more worry or hassle. Let us help you get your life back. Contact us now for a free catastrophic accident evaluation if you or a loved one has been injured in a catastrophic accident.

As a victim of a catastrophic crash, you’ll be facing significant medical bills and other costs, plus you will be recovering for quite some time. An extreme accident like this completely changes your life and throws your daily routine into chaos, often hindering your ability to earn a living or even think properly.


When you’re catastrophically injured, everyday tasks and living may become extremely difficult. This includes ordinary activities like shopping for groceries, attending appointments, and caring for your kids. You might have a long period off work to heal or you could even lose your job due to so much missed work.

This is why it’s a good idea to write daily notes of the many ways your accident has impacted your life after the accident. If you’re too physically injured to do it yourself, a friend or family member can help type it up for you, or you can record daily videos of yourself while explaining or showing the ways in which your catastrophic accident has impacted your life. A daily journal helps capture your struggles since the accident, and it is a powerful tool that your attorney can use to secure more money for your damages and pain and suffering.

It is important to save your medical bills, prescription copay receipts, and any other documentation that shows your many costs from the accident – even if insurance is covering some of them. This is the kind of evidence that helps you build a strong case for catastrophic accident compensation.

In this situation, you need a catastrophic injury lawyer  to help you cope with the massive fallout from the accident. Only lawyers such as Louis Gabbara and Doug Rafner, those with experience and success in handling catastrophic injury cases, can truly understand the far-reaching impacts on your life and advocate for you to receive the maximum compensation that you deserve. 

Even in the most catastrophic of injury cases, you don’t necessarily need to go to court to cover your losses. The Law Offices of Louis Gabbara can negotiate a valuable insurance settlement that keeps you out of court and allows you to focus on healing. 

Louis Gabbara and Doug Rafner know the strategies and tactics of applying effective techniques that maximize the money in your pocket, like convincing medical providers to lower your bills and building a case with strong evidence that establishes the biggest monetary valuation to your extreme pain and suffering.



If you live in Escondido, California or the surrounding San Diego area, you have likely become accustomed to being outside, doing activities with friends and family and enjoying the good weather that our wonderful Southern California region has to offer. When a catastrophic personal injury happens, what you once knew as your life changes in a moment of impact that creates a long-lasting impact on the life you previously enjoyed. As a result of the accident injury, you may have partial and/or permanent loss of mobility, cognitive function, organ function, vision or hearing loss, or other severe health consequences that prevent you from enjoying life as you previously knew it. Pain, discomfort, or the death of a family member who was the provider of your family can all significantly impact not only the injured person but the lives of your family members as well. 

Catastrophic injuries are different from other, less severe types of injuries that do not warrant as many life losses such as job loss, financial instability, permanent loss of hobbies, damage to interpersonal relationships, and more. To gain compensation for these losses, you will need to provide evidence that shows the full extent of the damage to your life, finances, and relationships.

Examples of non-car-accident-related catastrophic injuries include:

  • Golf cart accidents on golf courses
  • Pedestrian, bike, and scooter injuries that happen on city streets
  • Burn injuries that happen near food, electrical gear, and equipment
  • Crushing injuries from objects and devices in motion


Our Team

Louis Gabbara, ESQ.

Founding Partner & Trial Attorney

Henedina Lopez

Office Manager

Liz Gutierrez

Litigation Paralegal