H.Q. Nguyen began his career as a trial lawyer serving the public. As an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx during the 1990’s, he was assigned to the narcotic bureau prosecuting cases involving the illegal sale of highly addictive narcotics. At the time he joined the District Attorney’s Office in the Bronx, street sales of crack, cocaine and heroin were rampant throughout New York City. In the final years of his time at the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Nguyen’s principal duty was to prosecute street sales of crack, cocaine and heroin in order to make the streets safer for the hardworking families of the Bronx.
After leaving the government sector, Mr. Nguyen became the senior trial attorney for a personal injury firm. There he first encountered numerous plaintiffs plagued by Traumatic Brain Injuries (‘TBI’) stemming from their accidents, but not recognized as such by their physicians or attorneys.
Mr. Nguyen repeatedly saw that regular treating doctors did not readily recognize certain brain injuries, and that the lawyers retained to represent people suffering from these brain injuries never thoroughly investigated these medical issues if not clearly documented in the earliest phases of the case. Mr. Nguyen discovered that brain injuries often occur in situations without direct blunt force, such as in whiplash accidents. Often, these situations resulted in no diagnosis of brain injury at all. As a result, the severe nature of these cases was often unappreciated and the cases often viewed as ‘small.’ Consequently, many lawyers routinely settled these cases for inadequate amounts.
Mr. Nguyen recognized an important pattern in that only the victim’s family members that could tell how their loved one was changed by an accident. Sadly, these family members were never given the chance to tell the story of a loved one before, and since, the accident.
Mr. Nguyen tirelessly gathered medical evidence, often through hours of family and co-worker interviews, of symptoms such as memory deficits, increased irritability, chronic headaches, sleep problems, concentration difficulties, depression, and chronic dizziness that had not been recognized or attributed to potential Traumatic Brain Injury (‘TBI’). Taken collectively, the lack of understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury (‘TBI’) by both the legal and medical community, and the inability of the Traumatic Brain Injury (‘TBI’) victim to effectively advocate his or her loss, had inescapably led to inadequate financial recoveries, as well as continuously undiscovered injuries. In short, there was a lack of understanding of the neuropathology of Traumatic Brain Injuries (‘TBIs’) not only in the legal arena but also more significantly within the medical field.
Mr. Nguyen is dedicated to fighting this silent epidemic. Now, he is one of the go-to lawyers in this emerging field. His co-counsel is routinely demanded by lawyers faced with taking these complex cases to trial. The largest settlements and verdicts involving Traumatic Brain Injury cases often have his name on them. Throughout the years, H.Q. Nguyen has represented hundreds of clients that suffered shearing brain injuries with substantial cognitive deficits as a result of trauma that were only correctly diagnosed after his advocacy caused them to undergo further brain scans such as MRIs with DTI sequencing that revealed white matter damage. H.Q. Nguyen has found purpose in advocating for those that suffer accidents and sustain Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) injuries.