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Neck Size And Strength May Hold Key To Understanding Concussions

By Mark Favaloro, Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Doctors have known for years that girls tend to suffer higher concussion rates than boys who play similar sports. The problem was that no one really knew why the difference existed, until now.

New research by the Colorado school of Public Health has shown that there are gender differences in neck strength and that the weaker a person’s neck is, the more likely their head will jostle around upon impact, thus leading to a concussion. The information is important for athletes to understand given that they can take action to decrease their risk of injury by strengthening neck muscles. In additional to stretching their legs and backs before playing sports, athletes should include stretches to their neck.

The research involved gathering data from nearly 7,000 girls and boys across three sports: lacrosse, basketball and soccer. The study found that neck size and strength were statistically significant predictors of concussion.

While it’s important that many recent scientific studies have focused on diagnosing concussions, it’s also critical to figure out how to prevent such injuries from occurring in the first place. The new study found that neck strengthening should be seen as a key tool to preventing concussions and should be considered by all those supervising young athletes who are at a special risk for such 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. Children especially should be taken to see their primary care physician and not be allowed to return to their athletics until they’ve been given the go ahead by a doctor. I understand the special risks faced by young athletes and my firm has experience handling complicated cases involving sports injuries.

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. My 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 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.


Fall, Brain Injury Risks Prompt Recall of Graco Classic Wooden Highchairs

The potentially dangerous products were made in China.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Dangerous and Defective Product Attorney in Virginia

Reports of 58 falls and 24 injuries to babies and toddlers, including at least one concussion, prompted the recall of some 86,000 Graco Classic Wooden Highchairs sold in the United States between September 2007 and December 2010. About 3,600 chairs were also sold in Canada.

The potentially dangerous products were made in China. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, screws and a bracket that hold the seat on the legs can fail, sending infants tumbling. Full details on which models of the high chairs should no longer be used without being fixed and what parents need to do to get a repair kit are available on the Graco website.

 

 

The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer’s Perspective

As a personal injury attorney in Virginia (VA) and a mother, I take children’s safety very seriously. I applaud any company that acts to alert consumers about known or potential dangers from baby and child products, then offers solutions. Graco does not appear to have waited too long to announce this high chair recall, but it is concerning that 54 infants and toddlers got injured due to a design defect that can be resolved by installing updated hardware.

The report of the concussion is particularly troubling. Understanding of the long-term negative effects of even seemingly minor brain juries has increased dramatically in the past few years. One thing that has become clear is that young children are particularly susceptible to concussions and can experience difficulties with learning and mental development if the injury does not fully resolve.

Potentially Helpful Info

If your child has suffered injuries from a recalled product, you can download this free report to begin learning about your legal rights and options for holding the company that made or marketed the defective or dangerous item accountable for the harm the product caused.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

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


Important Information Regarding Children And Traumatic Brain Injury

By Randy Appleton: Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

Head injuries are not something to take lightly. The CDC estimates that 1.7 million people in the country sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, and these injuriescontribute to a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.

Children, especially those between the ages of 0 and 4 and the ages of 15 and 19, are the most likely to sustain these injuries, which is why education about the dangers ofhead injuries is so important. Because of the long-term effects that head injuries can have, parents should learn all they can about this common childhood injury.

In children, head injuries often occur while they are playing. Falls on the sports field, tumbles while riding a bike and trips while climbing outdoors are all common causes. For this reason, children should wear protective helmets whenever possible. Parents need to make sure that helmets are being used when their children participate in rough sports events or when riding wheeled toys, such as bikes, scooters and roller skates.Head injuries also frequently occur as a result of car accidents, especially whenchildren are not properly restrained. Proper use of child safety seats can help protectchildren against serious brain injury in a car accident.

Though head injuries affect all children, a recent Reuters article mentioned the findings of a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine which shows the treatment for such injuries may not be uniform across the different races. Researchers looked at brain injuries and treatment of children and discovered differences based on the race of the injured child.

According to the research, white children get CT scans more often following minorhead injuries than the children of the other races. The study found that 42% of whitechildren brought in for minor head trauma got CT scans while only 28% of black and Hispanic children brought in for minor head trauma received such scans.

Some may think this means that hospitals are giving better treatment to white children, but the results indicate that unnecessary CT scans can actually be dangerous to thechildren receiving them. In this case, more treatment is not better treatment and can actually lead to medical mistakes and dangerous radiation risks.

So what’s the reason for the gap? Researchers are not sure, but think that parental anxiety levels play a role in the rate of CT scans given to children. Such anxiety is understandable given that what makes head injuries so scary is the fact that you cannot see what is going on inside your child’s head.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, especially inchildren, it is important that those suffering from a traumatic brain injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed. What may appear to be a minor fall 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 another individual caused the injury, parents should also consider talking to a lawyer about any further steps they need to take to protect theirchild’s rights.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those living with a traumatic braininjury 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 Virginiatraumatic 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 bydownloading 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.


Heading Soccer Balls Can Lead to Brain Injurues

Many of the effects of heading injuries aren't noticed by parents, or even doctors.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Brain Injury Attorney

A new study has revealed the dangers associated with heading balls on the soccer field. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that repeatedly hitting a soccer ball with one’s head increases the risk for brain injury and cognitive impairment.

The researchers studied 38 amateur soccer players who had played the sport since they were children. They were asked how many times they headed the ball in the past year. Then, the researchers ranked the players based on heading frequency and compared their brains images. What did they find? That frequent headers showed brain injury akin to that of patients with concussions.

Because soccer is such a popular sport, parents across the country need to consider this study before allowing their children to play. Some 18 million Americans play soccer, and 78 percent of them are children. This news could potential affect millions of young athletes across the country.

Brain injuries cannot be taken lightly. The researchers said many of the effects of heading injuries aren’t noticed by parents, or even doctors. Because the effects can be so long term, they are often misdiagnosed. “The impairment will not be immediate and can easily be attributed to other causes like ADHD or learning disabilities,” said Dr. Michael Lipton, associate director of Einsteins Gruss Magnetic Resonance Reseach Center.

 

The purpose of this article is not to create panic, or have parents pull their children out of youth soccer league, but parents should be informed about all of the risks associated with the sport. Heading the ball is an essential part of the game, and is unlikely to be eliminated despite safety concerns. The study shows even heading the ball once and a while  may cause long-term damage, especially at the higher levels where the ball is traveling up to speeds of 34 mph.

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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.


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.


Dangers of Head Injuries for Young Cyclists Highlighted

Taking safety precautions such as wearing a properly fitted helmet that conforms to safety standards and staying off roads with high posted speed limits are vital.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and FavaloroBrain and Head Injury Attorney

My colleague John Cooper shares tips for protecting young cyclists on our Virginia personal injury attorneys’ website. During the summer more children are learning to ride bicycles, but taking safety precautions such as wearing a properly fitted helmet that conforms to safety standards and staying off roads with high posted speed limits are vital.

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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.


Traumatic Brain Injuries Victims May Be helped by Stem Cell Research

By John Cooper, Brain Injury Attorney

Researchers have made a breakthrough in the use of bone marrow stem cells in treating traumatic brain injuries after the technique was found to be safe in treating children with brain trauma.

A team from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston determined the safety of stem cell use, Discovery News has reported.

The results of the clinical trial, featured in the journal Neurosurgery, focused on 10 children between the ages of five and 14 who received treatment shortly after arriving at the hospital with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

The team used bone-marrow-derived mononuclear cells. Bone marrow cells are known to help restore blood and immune system functions.

After examining patients each day for the six months following the procedure, scientists concluded their technique was safe. They reported no deaths and improved outcomes when compared to the results of typical cases of TBI.

The research results come at a time when traumatic brain injuries are being highlighted during Brain Injury Awareness Month.

The use of stem cells is just one of the revolutionary approaches being followed to treat traumatic brain injuries.

Our firm recently highlighted how exposure to the cold, causing hypothermia is a possible way ahead in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.

The possible benefits of hypothermia treatment were outlined in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008.

While new treatments are for traumatic brain injuries are being pioneered all the time, there appears to be a limit to what science can do to reverse the effects of traumatic brain injury.

Our firm has consistently highlighted ways people can give themselves more protection from brain injuries such as wearing a helmet on a motorcycle or leaving the playing field when they are concussed.

And in cases where a brain injury has been caused by negligence, fault or deliberate wrongdoing, we have fought tirelessly for our clients.

Our firm obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia (VA) history as of 2000 — $46 million for a gas station attendant who suffered a brain injury and other orthopedic injuries when he was pinned inside a partly demolished gas station when a Norfolk Southern train derailed due to a wrong 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 we have experience handling traumatic brain injury and general head injury cases. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Our primary office  in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Our attorneys achieved the largest verdict in Virginia’s history for a brain-damaged client in 2000. Our injury lawyers also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Furthermore, we proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard 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 who 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.