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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.


Study Sheds New Light on Troops With Traumatic Brain Injuries

About a third of American troops who have suffered brain injury from bomb blasts "show immediate evidence of stretched and damaged nerve fibers at both the front and the back of the brain," the Washington Post reported.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A new study of American troops who have suffered brain injuries from bomb blasts may help doctors understand more about traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs.

The study showed about a third of American troops who have suffered brain injury from bomb blasts “show immediate evidence of stretched and damaged nerve fibers at both the front and the back of the brain,” the Washington Post reported.

The study included MRI scans on 63 members of the armed services. They were all men with an average age of 24. They had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury. Some of them suffered a loss of consciousness and post-blast confusion, as well as lacking memory of the event that caused their injury.

It’s unclear if these findings in the New England Journal of Medicine will help identify people at higher risk of depression, thinking problems and post-traumatic stress in the wake of a blast injury. Experts hope the study will shed some light on the complex world of TBIs.

“This is not a pregnancy test for TBI,” said Alicia Crowder, a neuroscientist at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, who wasn’t involved in the research, told the Washington Post. “This is a foundation block on which to build a body of knowledge. It is a piece of a puzzle.”

The wide range of symptoms of traumatic brain injury mean estimates of how many troops have been affected in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, vary widely. The researchers are still looking at what these results mean to those affected in the long term.

While the Defense Department estimates fewer than 50,000 troops have received TBI diagnoses either in the war zone or within a month of leaving it, a group of civilian researchers, say there may be as many as 320,000 sufferers.

Our Virginia (VA) traumatic brain injury attorneys have reported on a number of cases of soldiers who have struggled to cope with their injuries after returning from war zone. They include Harris Turner, 26, a  former Marine Corps corporal sustained several minor but lasting brain-rattling jolts from three tours overseas that led to brain injury. When he suffered a car crash in 2009, it exacerbated his combat injuries. He is undergoing rehab at the Alexandria VA Medical Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Brain injuries are often misdiagnosed and are among the most misunderstood kinds of personal injuries. It can be difficult for a jury to sympathize with a victim because traumatic brain injuries can be invisible and non apparent.

But brain injuries can wreck lives. in 2001, our Virginia head injury attorneys represented a client who received a $365,000 jury verdict after a valve on a locomotive hit him on the head. While the effects of the injury weren’t obvious, this engineer suffered memory loss and a loss of cognitive function.

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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.


Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

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

Any blow to the head can cause a concussion. Things to watch for are lingering or frequent headaches, dizziness, changes in mood or behavior, and blurred vision. To see a complete list of warning signs you have suffered a serious closed head injury that produced a concussion, check out our website.

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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 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 promptly return your call.


A Brain Injury Affects Everyon in Your Life

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Brain Injury Lawyer

People who suffer a brain injury can often also suffer from memory loss, lack of coordination and problems displaying important life skills like speaking clearly or controlling their emotions. Those manifestations of mild or traumatic brain injuries can strain relationships and make holding a job difficult. One of my colleagues has written an article for our firm’s main website describing how one person’s concussion MTBI or TBI affects everyone in their lives.

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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 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 promptly return your call.


Suffering a Serious Brain Injury Can Cost Millions

The lifetime cost for a brain injury victim to receive continual treatment is roughly $3 million, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Even a “moderate” brain injury or serious concussion can cost nearly $1 million.

By Rick Shapiro, Brain Injury Lawyer in VA

The psychological and physical side effects of a traumatic brain injury are devastating. Your personality can change, you can lose large chunks of your memory, and you may even lose the ability to move your arms or legs. If that wasn’t bad enough, the cost of treating your brain injury can be quite expensive.

The lifetime cost for a brain injury victim to receive continual treatment is roughly $3 million, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Even a “moderate” brain injury or serious concussion can cost nearly $1 million.

These costs are a big reason why brain injury lawyers fight so hard to get maximum compensation for their clients. We understand that a brain injury victim is going to face an uphill battle in trying to re-gain some semblance of their former life and they shouldn’t be spending their time worrying about medical bills.

We have witnessed, firsthand, how a serious head injury can adversely affect someone’s life forever. We represented a gas station worker who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after a Norfolk Southern train derailed and slammed into the station. Our client was going to need round-the-clock care for the rest of their life. This is why we worked tirelessly on his behalf and were able to secure a record brain injury verdict ($46 million awarded; $60 million with interest).

Not every brain/closed head injury victim will wind up winning a multi-million dollar lawsuit, but if you, or your loved ones brain damage is the result of someone else’s carelessness, you should at least discuss your case with an attorney to see what legal options are available to you. 

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