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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.

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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.


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.

 


Bicyclist Suffers Head Injury in Collision With Car in Newport News, VA

The crash occurred mere minutes before a second driver hit and hospitalized a man crossing the street in the same city.

By Randy Appleton, Head and Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

In a new blog post to our Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website, attorneys with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton report on a crash between a car and a bike that sent the bicyclist to a hospital with head injuries. The crash occurred mere minutes before a second driver hit and hospitalized a man crossing the street in the same city. To read more, click over to “Separate Accidents in Newport News, VA Injure Pedestrian, Bike 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.


Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Talks About Important TBI Issues

In this video, Randy Appleton, an experienced brain injury attorney in Virginia, talks about TBI specialists:

 

In this video, Randy talks about CT scans, MRI scans, and DTI scans:


Virginia Beach Bike Rider Suffers Head Injuries in Hit-and-Run Car Crash

The bicyclist was knocked to the ground on First Court Road, but his helmet appears to have spared him from a traumatic brain injury.

By Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton, Head Injury attorneys in Virginia Beach

Police in Virginia Beach, VA, have issued a public request for information about a hit-and-run accident that left a bicyclist with head injuries. The crash occurred at around 10:35 am on Sunday, May 20, 2012, on First Court Road near the intersection with Greenwell Road.

 

Hit-and-run accident in Virginia Beach leaves bicyclist with head injuries

The bike rider was knocked to the ground, but his helmet appears to have spared him from a traumatic brain injury. A brief notice in the Daily Press states the victim’s head injuries were “minor.” As a Virginia Beach-based personal injury attorney who has helped many clients who sustained concussions in wrecks caused by other drivers, however, I know that no major head impact can be taken lightly.

I also know that no person should ever get away with leaving the scene of an accident. If you witnessed the crash, call Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887) to share what you know so the at-fault driver can be held accountable.

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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.


Fatal Brain Injury Suffered by Bike Rider in Chesapeake, VA

The accident occurred on Bainbridge Boulevard at an on ramp to Military Highway, and the car was driving in the same direction as the bicyclist.

By Randy Appleton, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

A collision with a car on Bainbridge Boulevard in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), left a bicyclist with a fatal traumatic brain injury. According to the Virginian-Pilot, the accident occurred at the on ramp to Military Highway, and the car was driving in the same direction as the bike rider before the bicyclist hit the side of the vehicle.

The man thrown from the bicycle was declared brain dead at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and his family has agreed to have his organ donated.


View a larger map of the Bainbridge Boulevard intersection where a bike rider died after colliding with a car in Chesapeake, VA.

The newspaper did not indicate whether the 20-year-old who lost his life was wearing a helmet, but the detail about the driver following the bicyclist is potentially telling. While police have not filed charges in relation to the wreck, the only way it seems possible for a bike rider to hit the side of a car that had been behind him was if the car’s driver turned in front of the bicyclist.

No one can know for sure whether that is what happened until the police complete their investigation into the deadly accident. Still, as a Virginia personal injury and wrongful death attorney who has helped many victims of car accidents, I know that far too many bicyclist, motorcyclists and scooter riders are hit and injured or killed by drivers whose only explanation is “I didn’t see them.” That is never an acceptable excuse.

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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.


Child Injured While Riding Bike Without a Helmet in West Virginia

A car collided with the girl as she was riding along heavily traveled Mount Vernon Road in the town of Teays Valley.

By Randy Appleton, West Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

A bike accident in Putnam County, West Virginia (WV) that sent an 11-year-old girl to a nearby hospital with injuries has brought charges of criminal neglect against the child’s father. According to police reports, a car collided with the girl as she was riding along heavily traveled Mount Vernon Road in the town of Teays Valley during the evening of March 22, 2012. The youngster was trapped under the car’s bumper and dragged several feet before the driver could stop.

The girl was not wearing a helmet, which is required safety equipment for any bicyclist younger than 15 years of age in West Virginia. While the child does seem to have been spared a brain injury, the high risk for that outcome and the fact that her parents were not supervising her at the time of the accident led police to file charges against the father.


View a larger map of where a car struck and injured an 11-year-old girl in Teays Valley, WV.

The driver who hit the bike rider and caused the girl significant bruising and scrapes was not cited for a traffic violation. That would not necessarily prevent the injured child’s parents from filing a personal injury claim, especially if signs of physical or mental disabilities persist or appear over time.

But what strikes me as the real story here, as an attorney who has represented both children and adults who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, is that any parent would allow a child to ride a bike while not wearing a helmet. Head protection is required by law because helmets absolutely save bicyclists’ lives. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal neglect case against this girl’s father, I see it as a very good sign that police take the West Virginia bike helmet requirement so seriously.

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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.


Bicyclist Badly Injured by Drunk Driver in North Carolina

The accident on I-85 left the bike rider hospitalized in critical condition.

By Jim Lewis, North Carolina Brain Injury Attorney

Drunk drivers can wreak all kinds of havoc on our roads, but when a bicyclist comes into the equation, the danger becomes all the more real. A drunk driver on I-85 in North Carolina hit a man who was biking across country, leaving the bike rider hospitalized in critical condition. To learn more about the accident, visit “Bicyclist in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Drunk Driver.”

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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 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: Sports Concussions Extra Harmful to Teenagers’ Brains

Evidence is overwhelming that mild traumatic brain injuries negatively affect teens' working memory.

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

Study findings published in the journal Brain Injury reveal that concussions are particularly harmful for teenagers. While concussions — common among soccer, football and rugby players —  have been known to cause long-term damage, most coaches until recently referred to the injuries as “getting your bell rung” and encouraged student athletes to walk it off.

Now, evidence is overwhelming that concussions negatively affect teens’ working memory, the mental processes that allows students to retain and use information for short periods. This ability is critical to learning. When student athletes are concussed, they frequently deal with the memory problems for up to a year afterwards. Worse, repeated concussions dramatically change athletes’ brains, leading in the worst cases to personality changes and dementia.

Even mild traumatic brain injury cannot be underestimated. Safety equipment can protect athletes to some degree, but parents of student athletes should understand the constant risk of concussion with or without protection. As more research is conducted about the long-term effects of concussions, we get a better idea of just how such brain injuries affect everything from memory to personality.

Be on the lookout for signs of a concussion in your child.

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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 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.