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Cyclist in Serious Condition after Struck by Car

By Richard N. Shapiro, Virginia (VA) Personal Injury Lawyer

Cycling is great way to get out and exercise but sharing the road with vehicles can make for a dangerous environment. In an unfortunate accident a cyclist was struck by car and seriously injured in Southwest D.C. To read the full story, follow the link to “Cyclist in Serious Condition after Struck by Car”

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.


New Rule Should Make It Easier For Veterans With TBI To Receive Disability Benefits

By Randy Appleton, VA/NC Brain Injury Lawyer

What Happened:

Thanks to a recent rule change by the Department of Veterans Affairs, those veterans who have suffered brain injuries will soon have an easier time receiving disability benefits for illnesses that relate to their traumatic brain injury.

Under the proposed new rule, five illnesses will be accepted as secondary disorders related to traumatic brain injury. These five include: Parkinson’s, unprovoked seizures, dementia, depression and certain hormone deficiencies.

Changing how these diseases are categorized means that veterans who can establish that they suffered a brain injury in the line of duty no longer have to prove that the head injury caused the secondary illness. This little change means that thousands more troops will now be able to receive disability benefits.

The only caveat to the new change is that service members will have had to suffer what is described as either moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. Many patient advocates hope the VA eventually changes these rules to include all who have suffered any TBI, regardless of the severity.

The recent attention surrounding brain injuries in the military has become more pronounced after the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Many have said that TBI is the signature wound of both battles due to the high number of roadside bombings. The Congressional Research Office reported in 2010 that there had been 178,876 cases of TBI reported since 2000. Of those, 137,000 were deemed only to be mild.

The Virginia Injury Lawyer’s Perspective:

Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are at risk of changes to many aspects of their lives, from personality and mood to impulse control. These symptoms may be temporary or could last a lifetime. It is important that those suffering from a traumatic brain injury receive immediate medical attention and continue to follow-up with therapy as needed.

Given that this condition could be very long lasting, those living with a traumatic brain injury may incur significant medical expenses. If you or a loved one have suffered this type of injury, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable Virginia traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if you should file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Helpful Info:

If you or a member of your family has been affected by traumatic brain injury, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options to file claims for compensation by downloading this free guide.

Have Questions?

You can learn even more by reading through our online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding head and brain injury lawsuits

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About the Editors: The VA-NC brain injury lawyers at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & 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.


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.


Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Talks About Important TBI Issues

In this video, Randy Appleton, an experienced brain injury attorney in Virginia, talks about TBI specialists:

 

In this video, Randy talks about CT scans, MRI scans, and DTI scans:


Scooter rider suffers head injury after crash in Charlottesville

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis and Appleton law firm recently wrote about an accident involving a scooter and an SUV. The driver of the scooter was taken to the hospital with head injuries. To learn more, read the story here…

Man on scooter injured after collision with SUV

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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.


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.


Head On Collision Sends NC Motorcyclist to the Hospital

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Personal Injury Attorney

We all know that motorcycles can be incredibly dangerous, but if their riders lose sight of the road for even a moment, motorcycles can be deadly. A Boone, NC man was airlifted to the hospital after he crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. To learn more, visit our blog. Head On Motorcycle Crash Injures One

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.


Bicyclist Badly Injured by Drunk Driver in North Carolina

The accident on I-85 left the bike rider hospitalized in critical condition.

By Jim Lewis, North Carolina Brain Injury Attorney

Drunk drivers can wreak all kinds of havoc on our roads, but when a bicyclist comes into the equation, the danger becomes all the more real. A drunk driver on I-85 in North Carolina hit a man who was biking across country, leaving the bike rider hospitalized in critical condition. To learn more about the accident, visit “Bicyclist in Critical Condition After Being Struck by Drunk Driver.”

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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.


Bicyclist Struck on NC State Campus

Drunk drivers pose a particular risk for bike riders.

By Jim Lewis, Carolina Brain Injury Attorney

College students frequently utilize bicycles to get around campus. As inexpensive, environmentally-friendly vehicles, it’s not hard to understand the popularity of bikes. But as evidenced by a crash on the North Carolina State University campus that left a bicyclist critically injured, many dangers exist, including drunk drivers. To learn more about the crash, visit our blog. NC State Student Injured in Bike Crash.”

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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.


Baby High Chairs Recalled Due to Faulty Safety Buckle

A faulty buckle can lead to babies falling out of the chair and suffering injuries.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Child Injury Attorney

When it comes to products our children use, we want to make sure they’re safe and effective. Ikea is recalling high chairs after reports that a faulty buckle can lead to babies falling out of the chair and suffering injuries. To learn more, visit “IKEA Recalls Baby High Chairs Over Fall Risks.”

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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.