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Virginia Beach Car Crash Leaves Teen Bike Rider Critically Injured

The 16-year-old bicyclist collided with a car on Pleasure House Road near Shore Drive and was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital with life-threatening head and body injuries.

By Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton, Bicycle Accident Injury Victims’ Attorneys

A collision with a car on Pleasure House Road near Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, VA, left a 16-year-old in critical condition on June 8, 2012. Police do not know what caused the accident, nor did they tell WAVY-TV 10 whether the teen bicyclist was wearing a helmet or following traffic laws that apply equally to cars and bicycles.

What is known is that the young bike rider sustained life-threatening head and body injuries and needed to be flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital. The following video shows the location and aftermath of the crash.

 

Car hits 16-year-old bicyclist on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach.

The Shore Drive corridor has been the site of several serious and fatal bicycle accidents over the past three years. Even though this most recent crash occurred along a stretch of a side road marked with bike lanes, the combination of narrow shoulders, heavy traffic and residences and businesses sitting very close to the street make biking a dangerous proposition in that area of Virginia Beach.

Drivers must constantly be on the lookout for people on bicycles. At the same time, bike riders need to do all they can to protect themselves and avoid collisions. The risk of traumatic brain injuries and other potentially disabling or deadly injuries is simply too great for anyone to ignore.

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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.


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.


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.


North Carolina US 258 Accident Involving Bulldozer Leads to Injuries

Reports indicate the bulldozer operator did not have his lights on and no reflectors.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Injury Attorney in North Carolina

My colleague Kevin Duffan has written about a recent accident in North Carolina (NC) that occurred on US Highway 258 involving the driver of a Ford sedan and a bulldozer operator. Reports indicate the bulldozer operator did not have his lights on and no reflectors to illuminate the vehicle for oncoming traffic. To learn more, read “Accident on US Highway 258 Causes Serious Injuries.”

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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) but we also have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). 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.


Teen Suffers Head Injury While ‘Car Surfing’

The 17-year-old from Gastonia, NC, fell off the roof of a car in a high school parking lot.

By Rick Shapiro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

My colleague John Cooper has posted a new blog to our law firm’s Carolina personal injury layers’ website about a teenager who sustained a serious head injury when he fell off the roof of a moving car. The 17-year-old appears to have been involved in the dangerous game of “car surfing,” leading to his injury in a school parking lot in Gastonia, North Carolina (NC).

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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.


Injured in Truck Accident, Triathlete Is Back on the Bike and Winning Races

Wearing a helmet and other safety gear can keep bike accident victims alive.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Truck Accident Injury Victim’s Lawyer

My colleague Emily Brannon has reported on our Virginia injury law firm’s website that a triathlete is training to get his body back to where it was before he was hit by a truck while riding a bike.  Emily, a Virginia personal injury attorney knowledgeable on trucking accidents and bike safety, provide tips on how to stay safe.

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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.


VA 610 Car Wreck Injures to Four People

The at-fault driver was charged with reckless driving.

By John Cooper, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

My colleague Randy Appleton has written about an accident that took place on VA 610 in North Stafford, Virginia, in which four people suffered injuries and the at-fault driver was charged with reckless driving. To learn more about this left-turn crash involving an SUV and a car, check out “North Stafford, VA Leaves Four Injured.”

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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) but we also have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). 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.


Car Accident Caused by Wrong-Way Driver Results in Death, Serious Injuries

The at-fault driver has been charged with failing to comply with driver's license restrictions.

By Randy Appleton, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

My colleague Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro has written about a wrong-way car accident that occurred on Greensboro Road in High Point, NC. A passenger in the at-fault driver’s car died, and a passenger in the other pickup that was hit head on suffered serious injuries. The wrong-way driver was charged with failing to comply with driver’s license restrictions. To learn more, click over to “Wrong-Way Car Crash in High Point, NC Leaves One Injured, One Dead.”

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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) but we also have an office in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). 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.


The Missing Spare Tire: Increasing Safety Concerns Along With Fuel Economy

These days, a car may have a smaller temporary spare or no spare at all.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Head Injury Attorney

In her latest post to our firm’s VA personal injury lawyers’ website, my colleague Emily Brannon reports on the disappearing spare tire.  These days, a car may have a smaller temporary spare or no spare at all because of fuel economy mandates and safety concerns.

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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.


Life Care Plan Helps Predict Future Lifetime Expenses

Some insurance companies and private corporations are utilizing “life care plans.” These plans are a tool that can assist in estimating the scope and cost of future care needs, as well as outlining prevention steps that address the effects of aging on a disability.

By John Cooper, Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Virginia

How much will a  lifetime of extra doctor visits, nursing help, therapy and medical equipment  cost after a life-changing injury? Important question without an easy answer. These costs are often staggering  when someone suffers a debilitating injury like paralysis or traumatic brain injury? The answer typically requires a hired expert to study your needs after the accident and do the calculations.
 
Some insurance companies and the best personal injury lawyers in big cases use “life care plans.” These plans are a tool that can assist in estimating the scope and cost of future care needs, as well as outlining prevention steps that address the effects of aging on a disability.
 
The International Academy of Life Care Planners states the objective of their profession is to:
 
1. Assist the injured victim in achieving optimal outcomes by developing an appropriate plan of prevention of complications and restoration. This may include recommendations for evaluations or treatment that may contribute to the client’s level of wellness or provide information regarding treatment requirements.
 
2. Develop accurate and timely cost information, measurement tools to analyze outcomes, and specificity of service allocations that can be easily utilized by the client and interested parties.
 
For example, let’s say a loved one was driving down Interstate 264 (I-264) in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and is involved in a serious car wreck with a drunk driver. As a result, they suffer extensive brain damage and will need round-the-clock care for the rest of their life. How do you quantify the damages? How much should your loved one receive from, let’s say, a personal injury claim?

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and we have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injuries. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys have handled numerous head injury and brain trauma cases, and achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain damaged client in 2000.  Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.  While not every brain injury case meets our criteria, if you or a loved one is thinking about taking legal action against the at-fault person or company who caused your injury, call our office at 1-800-752-0042 for a free consultation. If you cannot get through due to high call volume, be sure to leave a voicemail and we will promptly return your call.

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