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Conway, SC Boat Crash Causes Fatal Head and Brain Injuries

Two people also suffered serious injuries in the accident on the Waccamaw River.

By Kevin Duffan, Carolina Fatal Brain Injury Victims’ Attorney

In a new blog post to our firm’s Carolina personal injury lawyers’ website, attorneys with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton report on a boating accident on the Waccamaw River that left two people badly injured and one man dead from traumatic brain injuries. To read more, click over to “Boat Crash in Conway, SC Kills 1, Injures 2.”

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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 Shows Teen Drivers Suffer High Percentage of Brain Injuries in Crashes

By Kevin Duffan, Personal Injury Attorney

A new study conducted by State Farm Insurance and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has found that teens in car accidents are very likely to receive serious head injuries. In fact, 30% of the 550,000 teens surveyed showed they and their passengers suffered head injuries including skull fractures and concussions when they were in car accidents.

This revelation only further cements the knowledge that teenagers are in great danger behind the wheel. Most literature on teen car accidents indicate that car wrecks are the single highest killer of teenagers. The study concluded that stronger laws are needed to protect teens behind the wheel. With one in three teens diagnosed with a head injury following a car accident, parents need to do whatever it takes to protect their kids.

If your child has been involved in an accident, don’t take their complaints of headaches lightly. Too often, people underestimate the dangers associated with whiplash. If your teen has been injured in a wreck, visit your doctor and demand an MRI or CT scan to investigate a head injury. It’s the only real way to know for sure if your child has been injured. As a Norfolk injury attorney, I know just how quickly a crash can turn deadly or affect a life for years after. Give us a call, and we’ll help you explore all your options. Our experience and expertise will be invaluable in the courtroom. Don’t wait – call today for a free consultation.

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.


NHTSA: Seat Belts on School Buses Unnecessary

By Kevin Duffan, Bus Crash Injury Victims’ Attorney

A House subcommittee meeting has put school bus safety in the spotlight once again. Testifying at the meeting was National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s head administrator David Strickland. He recommended additional safety features, including seat belts, should not be considered for school buses, as they are already the safest mode of transportation for children.

Strickland cited a “handful of deaths” each year involving school buses, but he argued that many of these accidents occur just outside the bus.  Only a couple of students are killed inside a school bus each year, compared to the thousands of children who are injured and killed in car accidents in regular vehicles.

Though seat belts would only further cement the idea that school buses are safe vehicles, Strickland acknowledged their expensive costs to school districts. “Adding the belts on the buses may actually decrease the number of buses available for children to ride, which would actually increase the number of fatalities of children who would be forced to take passenger cars,” he said. Local governments should decide on their own whether the upgraded safety measures would justify the cost, Strickland recommended.

It’s difficult for me as a Virginia (VA) school bus accident attorney to hear NHTSA speak out against seat belts. While it is great to hear that school bus crash fatalities are low, it’s frustrating to know that a few more lives might have been saved had school districts shelled out the money for seat belts. When it comes to protecting our children, no price is too high.

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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.


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.


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


Adverse Effects of Concussions and Head Injuries May Last a Lifetime

By Jim Lewis, Carolina Brain Injury Lawyer

My Carolina personal injury law firm colleague Kevin Duffan has posted a blog about brain injury warnings involving concussions and how head injuries may cause mental illness or death.

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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.


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.


NC Driver Crosses Center Line, Injures Two

A Ford F-150 crossed a center line and hit the Volvo head on before sideswiping another vehicle.

By John Cooper, North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

My colleague Kevin Duffan has posted a new blog on our Carolina personal injury attorneys’ website about an accident in Watauga County in North Carolina (NC) in which a two women suffered injuries. One of the victims had to be cut out of her overturned Volvo. A Ford F-150 crossed a center line and hit the Volvo head on before sideswiping another vehicle.

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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.


Skateboarding Tragedy Due, in Part, to Lack of Helmet

Traumatic brain injury and head wound victims often suffer side effects such as blurred vision, memory loss, and cognitive functions. They may end up needing 24-hour care. There have been numerous safety campaigns to highlight the importance of wearing helmets on skateboards.

By Kevin Duffan, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Plenty of evidence shows that helmets protect motorcyclists, athletes and people riding bicycles.

But a tragic accident in Hawaii (HI) has highlighted how head protection should be worn in other high-risk activities. Kameron Steinhoff, 21, died of head injuries following a skateboard accident this week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

Friends said the student was not wearing a helmet while skating on a street. The Medical Examiner’s Office said alcohol and drugs were not factors in this tragic accident.

The accident bears similarities to the death of a 16-year-old skateboarder in Loudon, VA, earlier this month. That skater was also killed after hitting his head while not wearing a helmet.

“I highly recommend all athletes to wear protective gear and to limit your actions to your ability,” Stephen Jefferson, the executive director of a Virginia skateboard project told the Loudon Times.

Last year our experienced VA personal injury attorneys reported on a highly preventable skateboarding accident in which a 14-year-old teenager fell off his skateboard and sustained head injuries on a pavement while he was being pulled by a car driven by a 17-year-old.

Traumatic brain injury and head wound victims often suffer side effects such as blurred vision, memory loss, and cognitive functions. They may end up needing 24-hour care. There have been numerous safety campaigns to highlight the importance of wearing helmets on skateboards, including a 500 mile trip on a skateboard made across North Carolina (NC) by Marion Karr, who suffered a brain injury on a bicycle, 30 years ago.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission notes skateboarders sustain about 18,700 head injuries a year. The figures are for 2004. Of these about 760 victims were hospitalized with more serious head injuries.

I grew up as a young kid riding skateboards, and we didn’t wear helmets back then.  Now, I realize that helmets really can and do save lives, and I will make sure my children wear protective gear when they are riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards.  Also, as experienced brain and head injury lawyers based in Virginia  the attorneys at our firm consistently emphasize the need for helmets to be worn and also for Helmet manufacturers to be mindful of whether their equipment is up to the job.

These manufacturers are under consistent scrutiny to improve their helmets to safeguard young people. But, notwithstanding any potential issues over helmets, the most dangerous course of action is not to wear one at all.

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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.