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Women’s Soccer League Admits It Mishandled Player’s Concussion

By Mark Favaloro, Virginia (VA) Brain Injury Attorney

Earlier this month the National Women’s Soccer League did a surprising thing; it admitted that it made a mistake when dealing with an athlete’s recent head injury. The statement issued by the NWSL involved a blow to the head suffered by Western New York Flash player, Abby Wambach. Wambach was hit directly in the head by a fast moving soccer ball on April 20th and many wondered at the time whether she suffered a concussion. For 11 days after, the team denied there was any trouble or that it had ever done anything incorrectly.

Finally, at the beginning of the month, the group admitted that Wambach did in fact sustain a concussion. The NWSL also copped to the fact that the league made a mistake by not having medical personnel come onto the field and examine Wambach immediately after the incident. The NWSL said it would use this episode as a learning opportunity to better educate officials and players about the risks posed by head injures.

Though the NWSL agreed it made a mistake on the field, it said team doctors took proper care when Wambach returned to the locker-room. After she was done showering, a doctor and a trainer examined her and determined she had symptoms of a concussion. When she arrived home she was monitored daily by doctors and continued showing concussion symptoms for another four days until her baseline concussion test results matched those from two years ago.

At that point, Wambach was allowed to start her return to play procedures which require a week of gradual increases in training. She is now back to playing and appears to be fine.

Experts say the decision by the NWSL to admit to a mistake is important and hope that it sets a positive tone for other athletic organizations, especially those like soccer with a substantial number of female players. Previous studies have found that girls suffer concussions at a higher rate than boys and recover more slowly from head injuries.

Though everyone knows that professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common situation 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 pain suffered by the family, it will allow them to get back on their feet and out from under their enormous medical bills.

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried about what to do next. 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 answers to these questions 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.

Here’s a video where one of our attorneys, Mark Favaloro, discusses the dangers of closed head injuries such as concussions:

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Neurologist Organization Issues New Guidelines Concerning Concussions

By Mark FavaloroVA Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

The American Academy of Neurology recent issued guidelines that outlined how players should be treated in the event of an injury on the field. The new action plan is fairly simple: if there’s a problem, or even a potential problem, remove the player from the game immediately.

The rules state the obvious, that it’s far better to take a player out of the game after a head injury if a concussion cannot definitively be ruled out then it is to take a chance and potentially place that player at risk of sustaining a second, potentially deadly injury.

The organization recommended that state and local legislators take action to implement legislation that would minimize the occurrence of such sports-related injuries given the life-long harm they can cause. The recommendations go even further, saying that state health department should create sports concussion registries that contain medical records of those athletes who have been diagnosed with concussion so doctors can learn more about their long-term impact on brain functioning.

The AAN has also said that coaches should be given training to learn to spot signs of concussions. Coaches should be trained to give memory tests rather than simply looking for signs of dizziness and nausea, which are often not present in concussion cases.

Virginia legislators have taken some action on the subject already, with current law requiring that both parents and student athletes 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.

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 allowed to return to their sport until they’ve been given the go ahead by a skilled 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 or 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.

Here’s a video explaining the dangers of head injuries:

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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.


Even A Single Concussion Can Cause Lifelong Damage

By Mark Favaloro, VA/NC Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

According to a recent study commissioned by the Medical School at NYU, even a single concussion can be enough to cause lasting damage to a brain. Researchers say that even one traumatic brain event can cause impact that leads to long-term structural damage.

The study also discovered that patients who suffered from a concussion or other mild traumatic brain injuries, even just one, had significant damage to certain portions of their brain that was detected even a year after the initial injury.

Researchers used an MRI machine to map patients’ brains soon after an injury, about one to two months later, and then again a year after the injury. After 12 months had passed, researchers were surprised to find a noticeable difference in patients’ brain volume as well as structural damage to certain areas of the brain. Though they are not sure exactly what these structural changes might mean, doctors have pointed out that the areas with the damage are often associated with depression in patients.

The worry among doctors and researchers is that concussions are incredibly common, especially among athletes, and news that even one event could lead to lasting problem troubles many concerned about players’ safety. The numbers are truly troubling given that each year 1.7 million people across the country suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Given the terrible, life-altering risks associated with traumatic brain injury, even just one concussion, 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.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information:

Though everyone already knows that professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, especially concussions, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. Car crashes are one common situation 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 pain suffered by the family, it will allow them to get back on their feet and out from under their enormous medical bills.

Got Questions? Check Out Our FAQs 

If you, or someone you love, have suffered a traumatic brain injury you likely are worried about what to do next. 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 answers to these questions 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.


Skiers And Snowboarders At Serious Risk For TBI

By Jim Lewis, VA Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

What Happened:

While everyone has heard about the frequent brain injuries seen in sports like football and hockey, many may not realize how common concussions are in sports like skiing and snowboarding.  A recent article in USA Today discussed how common severe brain injuries are in both sports and how, among athletes, brain injuries are seen as part of getting to the top.

A recent study done by the University of New Mexico found that the rate of head injuries more than doubled at a major ski resort in Taos, New Mexico after they began allowing snowboarders on the slope. Without snowboarding, the resort had a head injury rate of 9.3 people per 100,000 visits. Once snowboarders were allowed at the resort the rate jumped dramatically, up to 19.5 people per 100,000.

Many doctors say that while the science of concussions has progressed in the sports, there is still a nonchalant attitude towards brain injuries. The reason given by many is that the sport attracts teens and young adults who believe they are invincible. Additionally, there’s a sense among many that brain injuries are not as serious as broken bones or torn ligaments. The fact that you can’t easily see the harm caused by a serious head injury helps disguise just how damaging they really are.

Researchers are only now beginning to understand the long-term damage caused by such injuries. Studies done on recently deceased former NFL players show that their brains have a significantly higher portion of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which is a degenerative disease seen in those who have endured repeated concussions. The condition can cause dementia, depression and serious memory loss.

The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:

Though professional athletes are tough and daring by nature, it’s critical that athletes who have suffered a head injury be smart and avoid continuing to play until they’ve had time to properly heal. Doctors need to check out any injured players, regardless of the sport, 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.

Potentially Helpful Legal Information:

Though professional athletes are at special risk for suffering traumatic brain injuries, the fact is even ordinary people suffer serious head trauma in certain cases. 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? Check Out Our FAQs

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 answers to these questions 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.


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.


Former Loudoun County, VA Sued for Allegedly Causing Man’s Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the complaint, the victim was struck in the head from behind by the deputy while standing with his hands above his head.

By Richard Shapiro, Virginia Brain Injury Lawyer

A Sterling, Virginia (VA), man has sued a former Loudoun County deputy, claiming  the law enforcement official assaulted him and caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury.  According to the complaint, the victim was struck in the head from behind by the deputy while standing with his hands above his head and speaking with another officer. The person who was struck then fell to the ground and lost consciousness. A dashboard camera in a police cruiser recorded video of the event, but no audio.

The victim claims the TBI produced memory loss and persistent migraine headaches. Many other symptoms could present themselves.  The brain is so complex that anyone who suffers an injury like this often needs months, years and perhaps a lifetime of treatment by a brain specialist.

Anyone who suffers a TBI at the hands of someone else would benefit greatly from speaking with an experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer. My experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer colleagues and I work hard on behalf of our clients to ensure that they receive appropriate compensation for their injuries.

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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 John M. Cooper, 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.




Young Boy Falls From Hotel Balcony, Suffers Serious Head Trauma

The 2-year-old suffered head trauma, and his life may be changed forever.

By Jim Lewis, Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

My colleague John Cooper recently wrote about an accident that occurred at a Ramada Inn in Norfolk, Virginia (VA), in which a young boy fell from a balcony. The 2-year-old suffered head trauma, and his life may be changed forever. To learn more, read “Traumatic Brain Injury Can Forever Change a Child.”

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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.


Prime-Line Nonslip Bathtub Pads Recalled Due to Injury Risk

The pads do not stick to the bathtub surface, which puts bathers at risk for falls.

By Randy Appleton, Brain Injury Attorney in Virginia

My colleague Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro recently wrote about a recall involving Prime-Line nonslip bathtub pads. The pads do not stick to the bathtub surface, which puts bathers at risk for falls in which they can suffer head trauma and brain injuries. To learn more, read “Safety Alert: Prime-Line Nonslip Bathtub Pads Recall.”

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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.


Brain Injuries Often Linked to Alcohol Use, Studies Show

By Kevin Duffan, Head and Brain Injury Lawyer

The statistics are in – according to a brief summary on our firm’s website — and they are not good for people who drink alcohol to excess. In just one telling examples of the dispiriting link between spirits and potential brain injuries, as many as 67 percent of people visiting emergency rooms for head traumas have been drinking. The summary also explains that a history of alcohol abuse gives a traumatic brain injury victim a poorer prognosis.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm that  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 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 Injuryboardas 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 promptly return your call.