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The law firm of Estey & Bomberger, LLP exclusively practices personal injury law. It’s the only type of law we’ve ever practiced. It’s our specialty. Our well-established San Diego personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of clients obtain justice after a tragic accident or devastating loss. Our award winning accident attorneys have the knowledge, expertise, and tenacity to win your personal injury case.

We have a 99% success rate for a reason. We are very good at what we do. Call our office now and let us answer the questions you have today.

Choosing the right law firm to handle your case may be one of the most important decisions of your life. If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury, like in a car accident, it is extremely important to choose a personal injury lawyer with a long history of successful settlements and verdicts. The insurance companies know which law firms settle all their cases and which ones will actually take a case to trial. While it may be enticing to take a settlement offer from an insurance company, that offer may not be what is actually fair to you and your family. Let our accident and injury attorneys stand up and fight for you and your family.

Right now you have questions. How much is my case worth? Should I talk to the insurance company after the accident? How will I pay for all the medical bills? How do I choose the right attorney? Who are the best San Diego personal injury lawyers? We are here to help you at the time you need it most. Call us today, ask us any questions you like without any cost or obligation. If we handle your case, you owe us nothing for our services unless we recover money for you. We know there are many personal injury law firms in San Diego. We would like you to give us the chance to represent you if a serious injury was involved. We don't take all cases that come our way. In fact, we are selective of the cases we take so that we can provide our clients with the very best representation possible. Unlike other San Diego accident law firms, we limit the number of cases we accept so don't delay. Contact us today.

About Our Firm


At Estey & Bomberger, as with any great organization, the people here make all the difference. We are led by attorneys Stephen Estey and Michael Bomberger. Combined, Mike and Stephen have more than 40 years of legal experience, and have secured more than 100 million dollars in settlements and verdicts for their clients in the last 5 years alone.

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National Reputation for Excellence

Even though we handle cases in California, our work has been featured in both local and national media, including CNN, the CBS Evening News, the Associated Press, Fox News, Univision, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Diego Union Tribune. The law firm of Estey & Bomberger, LLP has also received national recognition for top ethical standards and legal ability from the legal profession’s most prestigious rating service.

$20 Million

Doe v. Roe Hospital


for medical malpractice / brain injury of a newborn. The largest medical malpractice settlement in California history.

$21 Million

Confidential V. Confidential


for individuals who suffered injuries due to a dangerous product.

$30 million

John Doe v. Giarretto Institute


for physical and sexual abuse a child endured due to the negligence of a private company that licensed the foster home where the child was placed for four years.

$23 Million

Matt Doe v. Los Angeles Unified School District


Jury award for sexual abuse a young student suffered from his former elementary school teacher, Forrest Stobbe.

$18 million

Luke Acuna v. City of San Diego


for injuries, including amputation, of a young boy run over by a city garbage truck — believed to be the largest settlement of its type ever paid by the City of San Diego.

$17.5 Million

Qualls v. Case Corporation


for a victim, now a triplegic, in a products liability case against the manufacturer of a loader/backhoe.

What Should I Expect During My Injury Claim?

This might be the very first time you've suffered an injury serious enough to consider taking legal action. Let our attorneys walk you through the most common processes that claimants undergo in the pursuit of damage compensation. While each case is different, there are certain actions and protocols that remain more or less the same. A conversation with one of our esteemed attorneys will help you determine exactly what to expect from your specific case. Here's a general idea of what happens during a personal injury case in San Diego:

#1. You suffer an injury and think someone else's negligence is to blame. For a personal injury claim to be valid, someone else must have caused or contributed to your accident. This could be another driver, a product manufacturer, a company, a government agency, a property owner, or a combination of parties. "Negligence" is any action or failure to act that does not fulfill the party's duties of care to you.

#2. You contact Estey & Bomberger because you want award-winning San Diego injury attorneys on your side. The sooner you speak to our lawyers, the better for your claim. There are important deadlines you don't want to miss, as well as the possibility of evidence you need to preserve ASAP. Your initial consultations with one of our lawyers are always free and come with zero obligation to retain our firm.

#3. You file a claim against the defendant - the party allegedly at fault for your accident. Our attorneys will investigate your accident and help you choose one or more defendants who are likely responsible for causing your injuries. Our team will interview witnesses, gather police reports and medical records, and start building your case. We will then help you file your claim with the San Diego civil courts within California's two-year statute of limitations.

#4. Settlement negotiations ensue. The defendant's insurance company may approach you with a settlement offer at this point in an effort to close the case without risking losing much more during a trial. Your lawyer will take care of settlement negotiations for you to make sure the insurance company isn't offering much less than your injuries are worth. The demand and negotiation phase can take a few weeks or a year or longer depending on the circumstances and the plaintiff's goals.

#5. You might need to go to trial. The majority of personal injury claims reach successful settlements without having to go to trial. However, a trial is necessary in some cases to achieve the desired compensation amount. Our trial-tested attorneys are ready to represent your case in front of a judge and jury in the pursuit of maximum compensation. Visit our results page for an idea of what type of settlements, judgments, and jury verdicts we've secured for past clients.

When Accidents Happen

A serious accident can be a devastating, life-altering event or even fatal. If you or a family member were injured in an accident, it's very important that you speak to a personal injury attorney. Our lawyers can help you get the medical care you need, negotiate with your insurance company, and seek damages from the parties responsible for your injuries. The San Diego accident lawyers at Estey & Bomberger have decades of experience handling personal injury cases.

How many personal injury cases happen in California each year?

In California, a civil personal injury case is considered "unlimited civil" if the compensation dollar amount exceeds $25,000. Between the years of 2007 up to 2016, there were 519,095 unlimited civil personal injury cases filed in California courts. See the year by year breakdown below.

California Unlimited Civil Personal Injury Claims By Year  
  • 2016: 56,615
  • 2015: 54,009
  • 2014: 53,925
  • 2013: 53,273
  • 2012: 52,013
  • 2011: 49,461
  • 2010: 49,892
  • 2009: 50,087
  • 2008: 49,115
  • 2007: 50,705

Serious injuries happen in San Diego County every day, leaving accident victims with serious injuries and the financial problems that go along with it. In situations like this, it's important to choose the right attorneys to handle your case. But with so many law firms to choose from, how do you choose the right attorneys?

California Personal Injury Laws

We mentioned the two-year deadline for filing a personal injury claim in California. This is just one of many laws you must obey during the personal injury process. Our lawyers have years of experience with California's laws and San Diego's courts, and we can easily help you navigate the web of rules and regulations involved in most injury claims. Our team can put the law on your side, making it work for you instead of against you. A few personal injury laws to be aware of include:

Statutes of Limitations

The two-year filing deadline is not set in stone. There are exceptions in some cases. It's also important to note that the clock doesn't start ticking until you discover your injuries, even if this is days, weeks, or months after an accident. There are different deadlines for different types of claims. For instance, a property-damage only claim has three years from the date of the incident. Talk to our attorneys to find out the deadline for your unique claim.

Wrongful Death Filings

A wrongful death claim is one in which the surviving family members of someone who died in a negligence-related accident pursue damages. In California, a deceased person's spouse, domestic partner, or surviving children may file this type of claim. If these parties do not exist, anyone the law entitles to the decedent's property can file. One must file within two years of the date of injury or death for a valid claim.

Available Damages

One of the main goals of filing a personal injury claim is to secure compensation for your losses. The San Diego courts allow plaintiffs to recover economic and non-economic damages. These may include past and future medical costs, lost wages, property damage expenses, physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish. Wrongful death claims can result in additional types of compensation for the loss of the loved one's companionship, love, and support.

Choosing the Right Lawyer

One of the most important decisions you can ever make is the attorney you hire to handle your case. Not all law firms are the same. Some law firms have experience practicing law but don't have experience inside the courtroom. Other firms don't have the financial resources needed to take a case to trial in order to maximize your recovery. Some choose to take as many cases as possible, leaving you as "just a number". That's not the case here. We have the trial experience, the financial resources and we know each client by name and exactly what is going on in their case.

Our San Diego accident law firm has a 99% success rate and Partner Steve Estey has been named Trial Attorney of the Year. Twice. When you choose our firm to handle your injury claim, you're in great hands.

When you work with a great attorney, you don't have to worry about the laws and filing procedures. You don't have to collect evidence, hire expert witnesses, and represent your case on your own. Your lawyer will take care of the legwork and red tape of your case so that you can focus on yourself, your health, and your family. In the aftermath of a serious personal injury accident, entrust your case to a lawyer for maximum peace of mind during the healing process.

Call our San Diego office at (619) 295-0035, or reach out online to start your San Diego personal injury claim with a free case evaluation at Estey Bomberger. You don't pay unless you win, so what are you waiting for?

Recent Client Testimonial

I was extremely pleased with the service I received from Estey Bomberger. Their entire staff is very knowledgeable and worked very hard for me to win my case. Stephen and his staff always kept me updated on the status of my case and responded to my questions immediately. I would recommend this law firm, and have, to anyone. - Laura S.

Start your recovery today

If you are hesitant to contact us about your claim, it may help you to gain an understanding of what personal injury law is, and what is is not. We are ready to help you. Whether you prefer talking on the phone, coming into our office in San Diego, or you need us to come to where you are, please give us a call today at (619) 295-0035 to schedule an appointment.

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2019 Undergraduate Scholarship

At Estey & Bomberger, LLP we understand the importance of a college education, while at the same time knowing how expensive college can be. We are proud to announce the Estey & Bomberger, LLP 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship. The cost of college tuition is now higher than ever and our goal is to take some of the financial burden off of dedicated and hard working students.


We are offering $2,000 to one student whom is in the final year of high school or currently enrolled as undergraduates at an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must be 17 years of age or older. There is no restriction on your field of study.


Help us to make the world safer! To apply, please write an essay (minimum 750 words) explaining a current public safety issue in our society, and your proposed solution to the problem. Be creative :)

The issue can be either public or consumer safety. We will then select a winner from the submissions we receive.


$2,000 awarded one time.


  • The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 31, 2019.
  • Winner will be announced by April 30, 2019.

We will notify the scholarship winner by either phone or email and the winner will be announced on our firms social media accounts.

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Please fill out the form on this page as completely as possible. Please upload your essay using the submission button with the form. Also please submit a digital copy of the acceptance letter from your college or graduate school. The accepted file types: doc, docx and pdf. Do not include additional material not asked for in the application. Good luck!

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