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Two NHL Players Miss Games Due To Suspected Concussions

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

It’s been announced that a professional hockey player will be kept from game play after a serious hit left him with a concussion. The player, Evgeni Malkin, plays for the Pittsburg Penguins and was injured last week in an especially rough game. At one point Malkin was slammed back first into the wall surrounding the hockey rink.

The collision happened so hard that his head snapped back in a very disturbing position. The team announced that the hit was serious enough that he suffered immediate short-term memory loss. He was then taken to see team doctors who diagnosed him with a concussion and have placed him on an injured reserve status. Doctors say they think he is slowly improving and hope to have back playing soon.

In another bit of troubling news out of the National Hockey League, many are speculating that a concussion is to blame for the recent disappearance of New York Ranger’s star player Rick Nash. Nash has not been at practice or anywhere in eight days. Many are speculating that the absence is due to a serious concussion and could have long-term implications.

It’s especially troubling in Nash’s case given that he is thought to have been injured after a rough hit in the middle of February but was then allowed to play another game before his recent disappearance. Fans and those in the medical community say this kind of carelessness should not be allowed given that it poses serious risks to the health of players. If there’s even a chance that a brain has not healed, players should not be allowed to get back in a game.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though the urge to keep playing despite injuries is an understandable one, it’s critical that athletes who have suffered a head injury be immediately removed from a game and be given the time to heal. Doctors need to check out any injured player and be positive that the brain has recovered before they are subjected to more hard hits. Second injuries can cause lasting trouble, potentially debilitating an athlete for life. No goal is worth that kind of risk.

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:

Though professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain circumstances. Car crashes are one common case where average people are at risk for a TBI. If you’ve suffered such an injury and have questions about how to move forward, it’s important to reach out to an experienced Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney who has experience handling such cases. My firm has successfully settled numerous cases for people who have suffered a debilitating brain injury.

In one case, my firm was able to secure a $21 million settlement for the family of a boy who suffered a severe brain injury after his family’s car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer while stopped at a red light. Though the money does not come close to healing the deep wounds suffered by the family, it will allow them to pay their enormous medical bills and begin to put their lives back together.

Got Questions?

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried and full of a million questions. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI, the impact of a diagnosis on your case and what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case.

For those answers and many more, check out my firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.

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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.


Virginia Legislators Take Steps To Protect Student Athletes

By Randy Appleton, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Given the recent national attention surrounding the dangers of concussions, especially those in young athletes, it’s good to hear that elected officials and school administrators in Virginia are taking action. Numbers from the CDC back up the claim that serious concussions are occurring more often than in the past. The data shows that sports-related traumatic brain injuries have increased by 62% in just over a decade among those athletes under 19.

Such a huge increase helps explain recent action taken by politicians. For instance, Virginia law now says that both parents and student athletes must participate in concussion education in public schools throughout the state. Legislators have proposed another bill that is currently before the General Assembly which would require youth sports leagues to implement polices that train parents and young athletes to identify symptoms of concussions.

Parents are being told to look out for less obvious signs such as headaches, dizziness and sensitivity to light. More serious symptoms like sleepiness or memory loss can follow down the road. Parents are also being told that concussions can take many different forms and often manifest themselves differently in each person. One common misconception is that all athletes are knocked out by a concussion. That’s flatly untrue and the fact is that most athletes that sustain concussions never go unconscious.

One of the most important tips that Virginia public schools are trying to impress upon student athletes and parents alike is that once a child sustains a knock on the head they should immediately leave the game, not try to dust themselves off and get back in. Research shows that college-aged athletes take between five and 10 days to fully recover from minor concussions. Younger athletes take even longer, potentially up to 30 days.

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. Children especially should be taken to see their primary care physician and not allowed to return to their athletics until they’ve been given the go ahead by a doctor.

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 have a child that’s suffered a traumatic brain injury, whether on the field or as a result of a car accident, it’s critical that you speak with an experienced Virginia injury attorney. Our firm has successfully handled several cases involving children and traumatic brain injuries, securing sizable settlements that help families get on their feet again following a devastating brain injury.

One such case involved a boy from Virginia Beach who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver. The young boy had headaches as well as other common symptoms of concussions and our firm was able to ensure that the boy and his family got the money they needed to put their lives back together.

Got Questions?

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried and full of a million questions. You might be wondering about possible long-term damage from TBI, the impact of a diagnosis on your case and what things you need to prove to successfully prosecute a head injury case.

For those answers and many more, check out our firm’s FAQs regarding brain injuries where our attorneys answer important questions about brain injury related claims for compensation.

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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.


Concussion-Related Litigation Moves on to Major League Soccer

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Soccer has long been seen as a much less violent version of football, especially with regard to the players’ likelihood of suffering serious injury. Given a recent multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a professional soccer player against his team, that popular misconception might be changing.

The dangers of head trauma in soccer were highlighted recently when an ex-star who played for D.C. United filed a $12 million lawsuit against his former team. Bryan Namoff alleged in his complaint that the negligent treatment he received from the team’s trainer, doctor and other parties for a concussion he received in a game in 2009 effectively ended his career.

Namoff contends that United was negligent in its care and treatment after he was injured. He was cleared to play only three days after receiving a blow to the head; a game that he did not then realize would be his final appearance on the field.

Namoff alleges that he suffered brain damage and cognitive, memory and sensory loss as a result of his head injury. He also has permanent headaches and fatigue, sleep problems and hypersensitivity to motion. “Every minute of every day, I have a headache,” Namoff recently told a reporter. “It’s the invisible nightmare.”

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.


Increase in Concussion Litigation Affects Players at Every Level

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

The recent attention given to the dangers associated with head injuries has meant groups as different as small-town high schools and big time professional sports organizations are now being forced to answer for the way they cared for their players. To learn more, read the full story here…

“Recent Rise in Concussion Litigation Impacts Amateurs and Pros Alike”

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.

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Routine Blows to the Head May Limit Learning for College Athletes

Researchers recorded the force of head impacts with sensors embedded in helmets and administered computer-based tests to football and hockey players at Brown University, Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech.

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A study of how major hits to the head sustained by college football and hockey players affected learning revealed that athletes in those sports may find it more difficult to pick up and retain new information after their season than before it.

Researchers recorded the force of head impacts with sensors embedded in helmets and administered computer-based tests to athletes at Brown University, Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech at the beginning and end of their respective seasons. Shockingly, 24 percent of the individuals in these high-contact sports performed worse on the postseason test than the preseason one.

None of the study participants had histories of concussions, and researchers did not record whether the athletes were diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries during the study period.

Athlete taking part in the study took approximately 450 blows to the head each season, and the outcomes indicate how damaging even routine impacts on the football field or in the rink can be.

Contact sports can be rough on young minds. Though the study only lasted for a short time and is not conclusive by any means, parents of young athletes should consider it food for thought. Imagine if your youngster begins playing a contact sport at 8 or 9. Ten years later, if they’re playing at a collegiate level, they’ll have had a decade of consistent blows to the head. Who knows just how much damage might have been caused, or how much of the ability to learn might have been lost?

Our experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys noted recently how repeated concussions can cause a lifetime of problems.

For more information about traumatic brain injuries and their potentially debilitating effects, check out these videos and articles:

  • Three Common TBI Side Effects
  • Four Myths about Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Video: Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Talks About TBI Symptoms
  • Legal Guide on What To Do If You Suffered a TBI from an Accident

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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: Football Helmets Improved Little in 80 Years

"Leatherhead" helmets protected players in low- and moderate-speed hits as well as, and sometimes better than, modern plastic helmets.

By Kevin Duffan, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

An article in the 2011 Journal of Neurosurgery makes alarming reading for anyone concerned with preventing concussions and other brain injuries among football players, especially the athletes themselves. In the report, researchers present their findings that ”leatherhead” helmets protected players in low- and moderate-speed hits as well as, and sometimes better than, modern plastic helmets. The only benefit for  polycarbonate helmets is sen in reductions of the most severe head and neck injuries from high-speed hits to the forehead and top of the skull.

The article’s lead author, Adam Bartsch of the Spine Research Lab at the Cleveland Clinic, explained in a news release that ”unlike cars, in which seat belts, airbags and crumple zones make the choice between a 1920′s Model T and modern minivan a no-brainer, these results tell us that modern helmets have ample room to improve safety against many typical game-like hits.”

As experienced Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys, my colleagues and I have reported many times on the inadequacy of sports helmets for preventing concussions.  Apparent improvements in helmet technology have not prevented a dramatic rise in the number of  young people seeking emergency room treatment for mild traumatic brain injuries.

This video shows the evolution of football helmets:

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our 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. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call


Congressman Seeks Better Health Care for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

A TBI can cause persistent migraines, memory loss and impaired cognition.

By John Cooper, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

Few of us ever prepare for a traumatic brain injury. They are unforeseen and very often catastrophic. They can also lead to a “treatment gap” as sufferers struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives.

But there are hopes that the gap can be bridged. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell from New Jersey will join with leaders from the Kessler Foundation and the Kessler Institute to campaign for brain injuries to be covered under the Affordable Care Act.

“We want to help people get better,” Jordan Grafman, director of traumatic brain injury research at the Kessler Foundation said. “It is critical that patients with brain injury have access to these irreplaceable individually tailored rehabilitation therapies.”

See this video about living with a traumatic brain injury:

As experienced Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys, my colleagues and I are well aware of the devastating effect these injuries can have on victims, and we welcome efforts to improve the lives of sufferers. A TBI can cause persistent migraines, memory loss and impaired cognition. In other instances, a TBI can leave someone virtually incapacitated and dependent on the assistance of others to do even the most basic things such as eat and dress.
And the problem may be becoming worse. A recent report pointed to a large increase in the numbers of young athletes seeking treatment in emergency rooms for concussions — also known as mild TBIs. Plenty of other evidence indicates brain and head injuries can have tragic consequences. In September 2011, we reported on how an apparently happy high schooler in Virginia committed suicide after receiving a blow to his head during a football game.

Our firm has represented many clients who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries. We obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history as of 2000 — $46 million — for a gas station attendant who suffered a brain injury and orthopedic injuries when he was pinned inside a building by a derailed Norfolk Southern train.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our 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. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


Concussions in Kids Draw Serious Attention From Parents, Doctors

According to the CDC, 248,418 children were treated at ERs for concussions -- also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, or mTBIs -- during 2009. That number was up from 153,375 in 2001.

By John Cooper, Virginia Brain Injury Victim’s Attorney

As a parent of high school and middle school athletes and a personal injury attorney in Virginia (VA) who has represented numerous clients who have had their lives shattered by head traumas, I was equally encouraged and concerned when I read that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had discovered a 60 percent increase of emergency room visits for concussions in children between 2001 and 2009.

According to the CDC, 248,418 children were treated at ERs for concussions — also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, or mTBIs — during 2009. That number was up from 153,375 in 2001. A majority of the concussions were caused by bicycle accidents, though football injuries constituted the main cause for teen boys and soccer was a primary concussion cause for teen girls.

It is good to see so many parents and coaches no longer treating head injuries as just a child or teenager getting his or her bell rung. As my law firm colleagues and I have stressed repeatedly, even a seemingly minor blow to the head can have negative, lifelong effects on memory, concentration, emotional control and overall health. Immediate, effective and follow-up care are essential to helping any person of any age recover from a concussion.

I do remain concerned, though, because of the shockingly large numbers of youngsters — CDC considers the ages from birth to 19 years childhood and adolescence — who sustain mTBIs each year. Worse,  an athletic brain injury expert interviewed by the New York Times told the newspaper that as few as 1 in 7 concussions in children who play high-impact sports such as football and hockey ever get diagnosed and treated.

But, again, the growing recognition of the potential for and seriousness of mTBIs in children is a good thing. Concerted efforts are being made to improve helmets for everything from bicycling and skiing to football, and Virginia, North Carolina (NC) and 30 other states have enacted laws and regulations requiring education on athletes and concussions, as well as keeping kids out of competition until they are medically cleared.

A good place for parents, coaches and student athletes themselves to start learning about how to prevent and treat concussions is by viewing this free online video seminar from the CDC: Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our 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. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.


More States Bringing in Student Concussion Legislation

Virginia brought in the Student-Athlete Protection Act in January 2011.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

New legislation to protect student athletes from the dangers of concussions is being implemented across the United States, with Wisconsin (WI) being the latest state to consider a bill.

Medical experts, concussion survivors and the head of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are among those supporting a law that would develop guidelines on the risk of head injuries and provide new rules for young athletes who are hurt on the field of play, JSOnline reported.

The bill “would require new guidelines to educate coaches, athletes and their parents about the risk of concussion and head injury in youth athletic activities. Experts say the number of traumatic brain injuries among young people is on the rise,” JSOnline reported.

The new legislation would also require a young athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury to be removed immediately from the game. The athlete could not return to the field until he or she is looked at by a health care provider trained to evaluate concussion or head other injuries. The athlete should also have permission to return to the game.

Our experienced Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys have reported on moves by a number of states to bring in legislation to protect athletes from concussion. Virginia brought in the Student-Athlete Protection Act in January 2011.

There are good reasons for these rules. Recently we reported on how a 17-year-old student athlete from Virginia (VA) committed suicide two days after he suffered a blow to the head during a football game.

High schools and youth sports leagues in North Carolina (NC) and South Carolina (SC) also recently implemented new rules intended to prevent head-to-head contact, returning too early from concussions, and limiting injuries from balls, bats and other equipment.

Our firm obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia history as of 2000 – $46 million – in the case of a gas station attendant who suffered a brain injury and other injuries when he was trapped inside a partly demolished gas station when a Norfolk Southern train derailed following an incorrect switch position.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our 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. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services. While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against a possibly at-fault person or company that caused your injury, call our office at (800) 752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail. We will return your call.