Saturday, 24 of June of 2017

Study Attempts To Locate Biological Clues Of A Traumatic Brain Injury

By Kevin Duffan, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Though many people have heard about the dangers traumatic brain injuries pose to hundreds of thousands of veterans, it can be incredibly difficult to definitively diagnose and recognize cases of TBI. The problem is that while severe brain injuries are typically easily spotted, milder cases of TBI can be almost impossible to detect.

Soldiers are thus able to go years without anyone understanding the true nature of their problem. The veteran may have suffered from headaches or sleeping problems for years, but doctors are only able to guess at what the problem might be.

To remedy the problem, researchers at New York University have begun a massive study to find biological signals, known as biomarkers, that are able to provide reliable evidence of traumatic brain injuries. The goal of the study is to make diagnosing brain injuries less subjective and more objective.

These biological markers are important in allowing people suffering from TBI to receive the treatment they need. Without biomarkers, the head injuries can go undetected until symptoms become truly crippling. The long-term goal of the study is to develop such reliable markers that TBI tests could be administered at home, like pregnancy tests.

Groups of veterans are set to undergo a battery of tests to determine their genetic makeup, brain structure and hormone levels. They will also be subjected to MRI scans and the hope is that some uniform indicator will be found revealing when someone is suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Right now one guess is that the thalamus can sometimes reveal if TBI has occurred in a patient, something that can be detected through a brain scan. Other scientists will look or genetic, hormonal and blood markers that could reveal brain injuries. 

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. What may appear to be a minor problem could actually be the start of a serious brain injury. That is why all head injuries should be checked by a skilled doctor, just to make sure there are no long-term effects. If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info: 

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Got Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


High School Football Player in NC Pushes For Better Concussion Care

By Kevin Duffan, VA/NC Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Thanks to the efforts of one concerned high schooler, student athletes in one North Carolina school district will be receiving topnotch care when it comes to concussions this coming season.

A football player at Mooresville High School, Chase Wilson, led the push to have the school district implement concussion testing over and above what North Carolina state law requires. Wilson acknowledged one of the central dangers of concussions in athletes: that athletes want to ignore pain and keep pushing no matter what’s wrong.

The problem is that players don’t fully understand the danger they face after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Wilson spent time researching the dangers of concussions among young athletes and set out to convince the administrators in his school district to administer a test known as ImPact to athletes that have sustained a head injury.

The test works by having players take a baseline test and comparing it to results that come back after you’ve received a blow to the head. The test takes about 30 minutes and will be administered to all athletes before the upcoming season begins.

Wilson, and other advocates for players’ safety, hopes that the new test will help keep injured players off the field, reducing the chance of dangerous and debilitating head traumas.

The North Carolina Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. What may appear to be a minor problem could actually be the start of a serious brain injury. That is why all head injuries should be checked by a skilled doctor, just to make sure there are no long-term effects. If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable North Carolina traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Got Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits


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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


NFL Hit with Wrongful Death Suit by Family of Junior Seau

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by former NFL linebacker Junior Seau’s family, accusing the league of hiding the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. The suit alleges that the CTE Seau developed from years of repeated head trauma playing the sport led to his death by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. To learn more, read here. . .

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.

 


New Rule Should Make It Easier For Veterans With TBI To Receive Disability Benefits

By Randy Appleton, VA/NC Brain Injury Lawyer

What Happened:

Thanks to a recent rule change by the Department of Veterans Affairs, those veterans who have suffered brain injuries will soon have an easier time receiving disability benefits for illnesses that relate to their traumatic brain injury.

Under the proposed new rule, five illnesses will be accepted as secondary disorders related to traumatic brain injury. These five include: Parkinson’s, unprovoked seizures, dementia, depression and certain hormone deficiencies.

Changing how these diseases are categorized means that veterans who can establish that they suffered a brain injury in the line of duty no longer have to prove that the head injury caused the secondary illness. This little change means that thousands more troops will now be able to receive disability benefits.

The only caveat to the new change is that service members will have had to suffer what is described as either moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. Many patient advocates hope the VA eventually changes these rules to include all who have suffered any TBI, regardless of the severity.

The recent attention surrounding brain injuries in the military has become more pronounced after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Many have said that TBI is the signature wound of both battles due to the high number of roadside bombings. The Congressional Research Office reported in 2010 that there had been 178,876 cases of TBI reported since 2000. Of those, 137,000 were deemed only to be mild.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are at risk of changes to many aspects of their lives, from personality and mood to impulse control. These symptoms may be temporary or could last a lifetime. It is important that those suffering from a traumatic brain injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those living with a traumatic brain injury may incur significant medical expenses. If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Have Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Bike Rider Hospitalized Following Crash With Car in Norfolk, VA

The victim was hit on E. Virginia Beach Boulevard at around 7 am on Jan. 15, 2013.

By Randy Appleton, Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

In a new blog post to our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website, attorneys with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton report on a Jan. 15, 2013, morning rush hour accident that left a man with potentially life-threatening injuries. To read more, click over to “Bicycle-Car Crash in Norfolk, VA Hospitalizes Rider.”

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Woman Who Suffered Permanent Brain Damage After Hospital Fall Receives $3.5M Award

Evidence presented during a civil jury trial showed that nurses and managers at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA, did not take basic measures to prevent the victim from losing her balance when she got out of bed.

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Victims’ Attorney in Virginia

An elderly woman who fell while she was a patient at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia (VA), received a $3.5 million jury award from the health system in mid-December 2012. Evidence presented during the civil lawsuit showed that nurses failed to turn on the woman’s bed alarm despite having information that she was at high risk for falling and suffering serious injuries if she got up without assistance. Hospital managers also failed to take other measures to protect the patient, such as assigning her to a room visible from the nursing station or having an attendant remain in the room or check in frequently.

The woman, who is now 87 years old and living in a long-term care facility in Richmond, had checked into the hospital to have arthritis surgery on her hip. As a result of her fall, she suffered a hip fracture, a stroke and permanent brain damage.

 

 

The Virginia Brain & Head Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

This case highlights some of the worst outcomes from failing to prevent patient falls in health care facilities. Even when broken bones, head and brain trauma, or death do not result, scrapes, cuts, bruises and even the loss of trust a patient feels he or she can place in doctors, nurses and health care aides complicate ongoing care and lengthen recovery time. Too many patients fall too often in America’s hospitals and nursing homes. When health care providers and facility managers do not do enough to protect patients from falls, they should be held accountable.

Potentially Helpful Info

If you or a family member suffered a brain injury when falling in a hospital or from any other cause out of your control, consider downloading this free report written by Virginia personal injury attorneys to begin learning about your legal rights and options for filing claims for compensation.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

You can learn more by reading through our online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions about head and brain injury cases.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Peyton Manning Concussion Scare Serves As Reminder to All Athletes

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

A recent example about the potential dangers that concussions can present occurred after a Denver Broncos’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos’ quarterback, Peyton Manning, took a blow to the head while he was throwing a touchdown pass with only 18 seconds left in the first half. After Manning threw the ball, a Chiefs’ defensive lineman got to him and knocked Manning to the ground.

As Manning fell, the back of his helmet slammed hard against the turf. When Manning finally stood up he was clutching his helmet. The severity of the fall and Manning’s reaction after caused worry among team doctors who administered a concussion test.

Manning was cleared and given a good bill of health. The episode should remind all athletes that bumps and scrapes are a part of any sport, but taking quick action to ensure that you are ahead of any potential brain injury is critical to your health. Peyton Manning did not waste any time seeking medical treatment and neither should anyone if they’ve been injured on the field, whether you’re a professional athlete or an amateur.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, it is important that those suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. What may appear to be a minor problem could actually be the start of a serious brain injury. That is why all head injuries should be checked by a skilled doctor, just to make sure there are no long-term effects.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those living with a traumatic brain injury may incur significant medical expenses and loss of income. If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Have Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Woman Dies From Traumatic Brain Injuries Suffered in Portsmouth, VA Car Crash

The fatal Nov. 19, 2012, accident occurred at the intersection of Portsmouth Boulevard and Martin Avenue after one driver turned into the path of the other.

By Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton, Fatal Brain Injury Attorneys

An early morning car crash in Portsmouth, Virginia (VA), on Nov. 18, 2012, left one woman dead from traumatic brain injuries. According to police reports cited by the Virginian-Pilot, the fatal accident occurred when the driver of an Oldsmobile turned into the path of a Kia. The Kia flipped over after the collision.

No charges have been filed, as law enforcement personnel continue to try to determine whether the turning driver failed to yield right of way or whether actions by the woman who lost her life contributed to causing the collision. The person behind the wheel of the Oldsmobile was not injured.

 


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The Virginia Brain Injury Lawyers’ Perspective

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of TBIs, and those head and brain injuries too often prove deadly. This is especially true when a vehicle rolls over or winds up on its roof. Even when drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts or, if they are children, strapped into safety seats, people in a rolling car or truck have little head protection.

If investigators find that the Oldsmobile driver caused the Kia to flip over, the deceased woman’s family may have grounds for filing a wrongful death claim.

Potentially Helpful Info

If your spouse or child suffered any kind of brain injury in a traffic accident caused by another driver, download this free report written by Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorneys to begin learning about your legal rights and options for holding the responsible person accountable for the suffering he or she created.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

You can learn more about head and brain injury cases by reading through our online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.

 


Study Reveals Connection Between Traumatic Brain Injury and Development of Parkinson’s

By Rick Shapiro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

In the United States each year another 50,000 to 60,000 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Parkinson Foundation.

In the disorder, neurons in a part of the brain known as the substantia nigra become damaged or destroyed, affecting the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The resulting loss of dopamine leads to symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement, impaired balance and muscle rigidity.

To understand what causes the damage to these neurons, researchers have begun looking at possible environmental factors that could contribute to the onset of the disorder.

A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles looked at possible environmental factors that patients with Parkinson’s disease may have been exposed to earlier in life. The study included 357 individuals who had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and 754 control subjects who lived in the same area.

All the participants were asked if they had ever had a traumatic brain injury, which was characterized by a loss of consciousness for at least five minutes. The study’s authors reported that among the patients with Parkinson’s disease, 12% had a history of a head injury. In comparison, only 7% of the control subjects had had a head injury.

The study thus found a higher correlation between traumatic brain injuries earlier in life and the devastating problems associated with Parkinson’s later in life. The researchers say they believe that such brain injuries serve as moderate risk factors for future development of the disorder and, as such, should be carefully guarded against.

The Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, including the possible development of Parkinson’s, it is important that those in Virginia suffering from a head injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. What may appear to be a minor problem could actually be the start of a serious brain injury. That is why all head injuries should be checked by a skilled doctor, just to make sure there are no long-term effects.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those Virginians living with a traumatic brain injury may incur significant medical expenses and loss of income. If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable VA traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide. 

Have Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.


Man Brutally Beaten in Richmond Club Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What happened:

 Charles Magenda, a 24 year-old Richmond man and member of the National Guard, was brutally beaten inside a local nightclub. After spending weeks in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, the man is now in a nursing home, unable to care for himself.

The victim had gone to Panchino Patty Palace and Pastry Inc, also called the Island Venture Restaurant & Lounge, with a group of friends after attending a wedding earlier in the evening. Police told WWBT that Magenda’s friends heard yelling and screaming coming from the front of the club, but couldn’t see where he was. They walked t to the front and saw the victim on the floor with people kicking him. Witnesses say there were a dozen people kicking and beating the man. Police believe he was a random victim.

As the attackers ran out of the club, Magenda’s friends tried to get the club owner to call the police. But he refused to call police or even medical assistance for the beaten man. One employee claimed that Magenda was beaten somewhere else and dropped off at the club later.

Since the attack, the club has been shut down for numerous health department violations, as well as a dozen Alcohol Beverage Commission violations.
 

The Virginia Injury Attorney Perspective:

 It is outrageous that the owner of the club not only did not call police while the attack on this victim was occurring but his refusal to call law enforcement or for medical assistance for this victim of an attack that occurred in his establishment is even more appalling.

The victim in this case may never fully recover from this traumatic brain injury and the beating he received. He and his family should contact a Virginia injury attorney to find out what liability the club owner may have and what compensation the victim may be entitled to for his pain and loss.

 

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Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Have Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits.

About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Our head injury attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. The initial award of $46 million rose to $60 million with interest when an appeal was settled confidentially. Check out our other case results to see our track record of success in brain injury and other lawsuits. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Hampton, Virginia (VA), along with an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive. To get more information about traumatic brain injury law and what to do after an accident, take a look at this free consumer guide written by a brain injury attorney who is licensed in VA and NC.