A California man has been awarded more than $11 million in personal injury damages from a Superior Court jury for the brain injuries he suffered when a San Diego, California police officer knocked him to the ground in 2006.
As a result of the incident, 28-year-old Pablo Gomez suffered a fractured skull. In 2007, he filed suit against the city of San Diego and Officer Joseph DeVeaux for negligence and battery.
The jury found the city to be negligent and mostly responsible for the injuries Gomez sustained and ruled that it must pay the majority of the damages, approximately $8 million. Gomez was found 30 percent responsible; reducing the total amount he is owed.
According to court documents, on January 4, 2006, Gomez was walking to his car with two friends when a pair of intoxicated men approached them and a fight broke out.
Upon Officer DeVeaux’s arrival, Gomez was leaving the scene. The officer pursued him, calling for him to stop.
Within seconds, Gomez stopped and turned to fact DeVeaux, who collided with him and knocked him to the ground. His head struck the pavement and his skull was fractured.
According to his attorney, Gomez had to be confined to a wheelchair at one point and was unable to speak. He underwent three brain surgeries and has since regained his ability to walk and talk, but still cannot work, according to his attorney.